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Arctia plantaginis (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: July 1, 2022, 2:49 p.m.

A rare species in Belgium, hitherto only known from the southern part of the country.


Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Arctiinae > Tribus: Arctiini > Genus: Arctia > Species: Arctia plantaginis
Vernacular names
Weegbreebeer (NL), Wood Tiger (EN), L'Ecaille du Plantain (FR), Wegerichbär (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1837. Catalogue des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de la Belgique, précédé du tableau des Libellulines de ce pays. — — : 1–29. On page 29 (as Chelonia Plantaginis). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly from May till August in one generation a year. The males are active during the day.

Observed on

Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on different species of herbaceous plants like Erica tetralix, Plantago spp., Helianthemum nummularium, Sanguisorba minor and Senecio. Hibernates as a small larva.

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