Seq # 902410020

Leucania obsoleta (Hübner, 1803) Species

Last modified: Oct. 15, 2022, 1:38 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium, especially in the northern part.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Hadeninae > Tribus: Hadenini > Genus: Leucania > Subgenus: Leucania > Species: Leucania obsoleta
Vernacular names
Gestreepte rietuil (NL), Obscure Wainscot (EN), La Leucanie obsolète (FR), Schilf-Graseule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Lambillion L.-J. 1900–1913. Catalogue des Lépidoptères de Belgique. — Revue mensuelle de la Société entomologique namuroise Supplément: 1–464. On page 44.




Wingspan: 34–40 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva hides inside the stem during daytime.
Hibernates as a fully grown larva, generally in a hollow, broken, but standing, dead stem or in fallen reed litter, sealed with silk and pupates there in the spring.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from early May till end of July. Sometimes a partial second generation occurs from late August till late September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Phragmites australis

The larva lives on Phragmites australis.

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