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Orthosia populeti (Fabricius, 1775) Species

Last modified: April 9, 2021, 10:30 a.m.

An uncommon and local species throughout Belgium, more observed in the northern part.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Hadeninae > Tribus: Orthosiini > Genus: Orthosia > Subgenus: Monima > Species: Orthosia populeti
Vernacular names
Populierenvoorjaarsuil (NL), Lead-coloured Drab (EN), L'Orthosie du Peuplier (FR), Pappel-Kätzcheneule (DE)
Orthosia populi (Ström, 1783), nec (Linnaeus, 1758)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1857b. Addenda au premier volume. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 1: 175–176. On page 176.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The larva lives at first on the catkins of the host plant, later between spun leaves. Hibernates as a pupa in an underground cocoon. The adults come to light and occasionally on sugar.

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Flight periods

Depending on mild conditions, the first adults can be seen from mid February onwards, but usually they fly from March till May in one generation a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Populus tremula

The larva lives mainly on Populus tremula, also reported on other deciduous trees.

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