Seq # 440050040

Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808) Species

Last modified: Sept. 14, 2023, 2:30 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Hesperiidae > Subfamily: Hesperiinae > Genus: Thymelicus > Species: Thymelicus lineola
Vernacular names
Zwartsprietdikkopje (NL), Essex Skipper (EN), Hespérie du dactyle (FR), Schwarzkolbiger Braundickkopffalter (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 20 (as Hesperia Lineola). view page



Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year; onwards from late June towards late August, with a peak between 10 July and 10 August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Holcus mollis and Dactylis glomerata

The larva lives on several species of Gramineae like Dactylis glomerata, Holcus lanatus, Alopecurus, Brachypodium, Calamagrostis, Elymus, etc... The species hibernates as a small larva in the egg.

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