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Epinotia nisella (Clerck, 1759)

A common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives on Salix, and occasionally on Populus. It prefers the catkins of Salix, but also lives between two leaves spun together. Pupation takes place in the larval habitation or between leaf-litter on the ground. The species hibernates in the egg stage.

The adults fly from early June till late September, but most observations during July and August. They are mainly active at dusk and later come to light. 

A polymorph species with a number of colour forms, most of which show some degree of intergradation.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Viersel, 23 July 2004.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)
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