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Mompha divisella Herrich Schäffer, 1854

A very rare and local species in Belgium. Not often recorded.

The larva lives inside the stems of various species of Epilobium and causes a gall generally at one of the nodes. Pupates inside the stem.

The adults fly in one generation a year from August and, after hibernation again till May, though occasionally adults have been seen during December and January  during mild weather. They come occasionally to light.

Belgium, Antwerpen, Kontich, 06 January 2007.
(Photo © Gaston Sallaets)

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