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Minucia lunaris (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Feb. 17, 2023, 4:49 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, not often recorded. Onwards from 2020 more and more observations became known.


Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Erebinae > Tribus: Ophiusini > Genus: Minucia > Species: Minucia lunaris
Vernacular names
Grijs weeskind (NL), Lunar Double-stripe (EN), La Lunaire (FR), Braunes Ordensband (DE)
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 14.




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a pupa in a tough cocoon among leaf litter.
The adults are easily flushed by day from leaf litter. They come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from mid April till beginning of July.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):

The larva lives on Quercus, preferring the young shoots of coppice stools.

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