Seq # 901050030

Caradrina clavipalpis (Scopoli, 1763) Species

Last modified: Nov. 9, 2023, 3:57 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Caradrinini > Genus: Caradrina > Subgenus: Paradrina > Species: Caradrina clavipalpis
Vernacular names
Huisuil (NL), Pale Mottled Willow (EN), La Noctuelle cubiculaire (FR), Heu-Staubeule (DE)
Caradrina quadripunctata (Fabricius, 1775) and Caradrina cubicularis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
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 12 (as Caradrina cubicularis Wv.). view page




Wingspan: 26–35 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a larva in an underground cocoon, in which it pupates in the spring. The adults come to light and sugar. Also often recorded indoors.

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Flight periods

The adults fly probably in two generations a year and have been seen in all months of the year, but most observations are between mid-April and mid-October.

Observed on

Grasses, Cultivated crops and Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on various cereal crops, including cultivated ones, grasses and other low plants.

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