Seq # 902320020

Polia hepatica (Clerck, 1759) Species

Last modified: July 28, 2019, noon

A rare, local and declining species in Belgium. Known from the coast, the Kempen en the southern part of the country.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Hadeninae > Tribus: Hadenini > Genus: Polia > Species: Polia hepatica
Vernacular names
Gerande marmeruil (NL), Silvery Arches (EN), La Noctuelle du Bouleau (FR), Birken-Blättereule (DE)
Polia tricoma (Hufnagel, 1766) and Polia tincta (Brahm, 1791)
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 tincta). view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a smalll larva between low vegetation and pupates underground. The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year; from mid May towards mid July.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Myrica gale
Host plant (genera):
Betula, Salix, Crataegus, Lonicera and Vaccinium
Deciduous trees and Shrubs

The larva lives mainly on Betula and Myrica gale but has also been observed to feed on other plants like Lonicera, Salix and Vaccinium.

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