Seq # 901040030

Athetis hospes (Freyer, 1831) Species

Last modified: Dec. 28, 2023, 7:04 p.m.

A recent arrival in Belgium (1996), hitherto only a handfull of observations in different provinces.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Caradrinini > Genus: Athetis > Subgenus: Proxenus > Species: Athetis hospes
Vernacular names
Vale stofuil (NL), Porter's Rustic (EN), L'Hydrille domestique (FR), Mittelmeer-Staubeule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Vanholder B. 1997. Trekvlinders in 1996, dertiende jaarverslag (Lepidoptera). — Phegea 25: 41–64. On page 59. view page


For your information, to the best of our knowledge, the first 10 Belgian observations are listed here:
1) 1 ex. on 24.x.1996 at Esneux (LG), leg. P. Cluck.
2) 1 ex. on 09.ix.2011 at Aische-en-Refail (NA), leg. R. Raison & I. Volont.
3) 1 ex. on 30.viii.2014 at Kessel-Lo (VB), leg. K. Hansen.
4) 1 ex. on 13.ix.2019 at Hooglede (WV), leg. W. Declercq.
5) 1 ex. on 30.ix.2020 at Vorselaar (AN), leg. P. Vds.
6) 1 ex. on 03.x.2022 at Esneux (LG), leg. E. Wille.
7) 1 ♀. on 15.x.2022 at Hooglede (WV), leg. & gen. det. W. Declercq.
8) 1 ex. on 15.x.2022 at Eine (OV), leg. D. De Groote.
9) 1 ex. on 31.x.2022 at Blankenberge (WV), leg A. Beidts et al.
10) 1 ex. on 12.viii.2023 at Houtem (WV), leg. D. D'Hert.



Wingspan 26–30 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a larva.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year; during May and June and again in August till late October.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Herbaceous plants

The larva feeds on different species of herbaceous plants like Plantago.

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