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Heliothis viriplaca (Hufnagel, 1766) Species

Last modified: March 3, 2024, 6:18 p.m.

A very rare and irregular immigrant. Can establish itself for a while after an influx of immigrants. Not often observed.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Heliothinae > Genus: Heliothis > Species: Heliothis viriplaca
Vernacular names
Lichte daguil (NL), Marbled Clover (EN), La Noctuelle de la Cardère (FR), Karden-Sonneneule (DE)
Heliothis dipsacea (Linnaeus, 1767)
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 14.




Wingspan: 30–36 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The caterpillars are frequently eating other caterpillars. Hibernates as a pupa in a flimsy cocoon on or below the ground.
It is active during the day in sunshine visiting flowers. They come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults have been recorded from mid May till mid August, but most specimens were seen during June and July.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Linaria, Silene, Trifolium and Crepis
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on the unripe seedheads and flowers of a variety of plants like: Silene, Sanguisorba, Ononis, Artemisia, Centaurea, Hieracium etc.

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