Seq # 901690100

Lithophane leautieri (Boisdvual, 1829) Species

Last modified: June 4, 2024, 12:11 p.m.

First observation for Belgium at Westende (WV) in 1999. Nowadays a not-so-common species in the northern part of Belgium, elsewhere rare.

This species is considered Least Concern according to the IUCN Red List category for Flanders 2023.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Lithophane > Subgenus: Prolitha > Species: Lithophane leautieri
Vernacular names
Coniferenuil (NL), Blair's Shoulder-knot (EN), La Xyline du Cyprès (FR), Zypressen-Holzeule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Vanholder B. & Bolland F. 2000. Lithophane leautieri, een nieuwe soort voor de Belgische fauna (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae, Cuculliinae). — Phegea 28(3): 119–122. On page 119 (as Lithophane leautieri (Boisduval, [1829])). view page




Wingspan 39–44 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as an egg, laid on the foliage of the food plant.
The adults come to sugar and light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from September to November in one generation a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Cupressocyparis x leylandii, Cupressus macrocarpa and Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

The larva lives mainly on the flowers of a variety of conifers like: Chamaecyparis lawsoniana or Cupressocyparis leylandii.

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