Seq # 901690010

Lithophane furcifera (Hufnagel, 1766) Species

Last modified: Sept. 17, 2022, 11:39 a.m.

A very rare, local and declining species, only seen in very small numbers. Most recent observations originate from the Kempen area, mainly from moist forests and moor areas.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Lithophane > Subgenus: Lithophane > Species: Lithophane furcifera
Vernacular names
Kleine manteluil (NL), Conformist (EN), La Xyline du Bouleau (FR), Braungraue Holzeule (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 184.




Wingspan: 40–50 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The adults are attacted to sugar and light in small numbers.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing from September onwards and hibernate.
They may be observed as late as early May.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Betula and Alnus

The larvae are said to live on: Alnus, but also on: Betula, Salix or Populus.

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