Seq # 901690020

Lithophane lamda (Fabricius, 1787) Species

Last modified: Sept. 17, 2022, 11:42 a.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, only known from the Kempen area.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Lithophane > Subgenus: Lithophane > Species: Lithophane lamda
Vernacular names
Gageluil (NL), Nonconformist (EN), Gagelstrauch-Moor-Holzeule (DE)
Lithophane zinckenii (Treitschke, 1826)
First mention in Belgium
Donckier de Donceel Ch. 1874. Lépidoptères à ajouter à la faune belge (Communication). — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 17: v–vi. On page v.




Wingspan: 41–44 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Pupates in a cocoon in plant debris on the ground. Overwinters as an adult.
The adults are active from dusk onwards . They come to light, sugar and Ivy flowers in the autumn and sallow catkins in the spring.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from early September till early November, hibernates and reappears again from late February till mid May.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Myrica gale, Vaccinium uliginosum and Vaccinium myrtillus
Host plant (genera):
Betula, Salix and Populus

The larva lives mainly on Myrica gale or on Vaccinium uliginosum, Salix repens or Populus.

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