Seq # 901760010

Xylena solidaginis (Hübner, 1803) Species

Last modified: Oct. 24, 2023, 2:56 p.m.

An extreme rare, local and declining species in Belgium. Nowadays not often recorded, however good populations exists in the higher peat moor areas in the Hautes Fagnes.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Xylena > Subgenus: Lithomoia > Species: Xylena solidaginis
Vernacular names
Bruine bosbesuil (NL), Golden-rod Brindle (EN), La Noctuelle de la Verge-d'Or (FR), Rollflügel-Holzeule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Derenne F. 1906. Extrait du procès-verbal de la séance mensuelle du 14 janvier 1906. — Revue mensuelle de la Société entomologique namuroise 6: 1–2. On page 1.




Wingspan: 39–51.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Hibernates as an egg and pupates in a cocoon under moss or soil.
The adults come to light and to sugar and flowers, especially on Calluna or Senecio.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year, from mid-August till mid-September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Vaccinium myrtillus
Host plant (genera):
Calluna and Betula

The larva lives mainly on: Calluna vulgaris, Vaccinium, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Myrica gale, Salix, Betula and other moorland plants.

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