Seq # 903280010

Rhyacia lucipeta (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Sept. 20, 2023, 2:19 p.m.

This very rare species has not been seen in Belgium for quite some time. Probably extinct.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Noctuini > Genus: Rhyacia > Species: Rhyacia lucipeta
Vernacular names
Grote bruine grasuil (NL), Southern Rustic (EN), La lucipète (FR), Große Bodeneule (DE)
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 11. view page




Wingspan: 49–64 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

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The nocturnal larva hibernates and buries deeply into the ground at least during hibernation and in spring during daytime.

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Flight periods

The adults occur between June and October. Because of an aestivation most individuals are recorded only from late August.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Herbaceous plants

The larvae are polyphagous on herbaceous plants like Tussilago farfara etc..

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It inhabits open places like embankments, slides, large earth accumulations, clay and gravel pits, steep banks along rivers and similar open places where fine sliding topsoil is available in combination with sparing herbs.

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