Seq # 901690040

Lithophane semibrunnea (Haworth, 1809) Species

Last modified: Sept. 16, 2023, 11:31 a.m.

A rare and widespread species throughout Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Lithophane > Subgenus: Lithophane > Species: Lithophane semibrunnea
Vernacular names
Bruine essenuil (NL), Tawny Pinion (EN), La Xyline du Frêne (FR), Schmalflügelige Holzeule (DE)
Lithophane petrificata sensu De Sélys-Longchamps, 1844
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 13.




Wingspan: 38–44 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as an adult, probably under loose bark or in an other sheltered situation.
The adults come to light and to sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from September to November and after hibernation again from March till mid-May.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Prunus spinosa and Fraxinus excelsior
Host plant (genera):
Fraxinus and Quercus

The larva lives on Fraxinus excelsior, but possibly also on: Quercus spp. or Prunus spinosa.

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