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Hada plebeja (Linnaeus, 1761) Species

Last modified: May 31, 2024, 10:40 a.m.

A not so common species throughout Belgium. It prefers sandy soils.

This species is considered Near Threatened according to the IUCN Red List category for Flanders 2023.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Hadeninae > Tribus: Hadenini > Genus: Hada > Species: Hada plebeja
Vernacular names
Schaaruil (NL), Shears (EN), La Noctuelle dentine (FR), Zahneule (DE)
Hada nana (Hufnagel, 1766) and Hada dentina (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
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 (as dentina). view page




Wingspan 30–35 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva feeds at night.

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Pupates in a cocoon under moss or amongst detritus. It hibernates as a pupa in a loose cocoon on the ground, under debris or mos.
The adults can be seen in late afternoon and at dusk visting flowers. They come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year from end of April till June, and again from July till late September. Most specimens were seen during May and June, because individuals of the second generation are quite scarce.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Taraxacum, Crepis and Hieracium
Herbaceous plants

The larva feeds on herbaceous plants such as Hieracium, Taraxacum or Crepis.

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