Seq # 902250130

Hadena compta (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: June 6, 2022, 10:21 p.m.

A rare and local species in Belgium, though widespread. More observed in the northern part of the country.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Hadeninae > Tribus: Hadenini > Genus: Hadena > Subgenus: Hadena > Species: Hadena compta
Vernacular names
Witband-silene-uil (NL), Varied Coronet (EN), La Noctuelle de l'Oeillet (FR), Weißbinden-Nelkeneule (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 (as comta). view page




Wingspan: 20–25 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva lives in the seed capsules of the host plant. Hibernates as a pupa in an underground cocoon.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: from late April till early September with a peak during June.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Dianthus barbatus and Silene vulgaris

The larva lives on Dianthus barbatus, but also on Silene vulgaris.

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