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Griposia aprilina (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Sept. 16, 2023, 11:23 a.m.

A rare species in the north of Belgium but more frequent and in some places fairly common in the south of Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Griposia > Species: Griposia aprilina
Vernacular names
Diana-uil (NL), Merveille du Jour (EN), La Runique (FR), Grüne Eicheneule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 12.




Wingspan: 42–52 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva lives first on the buds and flowers and later on the leaves.
Hibernates as an egg, laid singly or in small batches on branches or in bark crevices of the food plant.
The adults come to light but visit sugar more frequently.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from September till mid-November.

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Host plant (genera):

The larva lives on Quercus.

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