Seq # 700010010

Scoliopteryx libatrix (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: June 1, 2024, 2:45 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.

This species is considered Least Concern according to the IUCN Red List category for Flanders 2023.


Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Scoliopteryginae > Tribus: Scoliopterygini > Genus: Scoliopteryx > Species: Scoliopteryx libatrix
Vernacular names
Roesje (NL), Herald (EN), La Découpure (FR), Zackeneule, Zimteule, Krebssuppe (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 10 (as Gonoptera libatrix L.). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva pupates in a cocoon spun between two leaves, often near the end of a twig.
The species hibernates as an adult, in sheltered locations such as cellars, caves, etc. The adults come to sugar and less to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year and can be found the whole year round.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Salix and Populus

The larva lives on Salix and Populus.

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