Seq # 901150010

Trachea atriplicis (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Aug. 13, 2022, 11:34 a.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium. Numbers vary much over the years.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Dypterygiini > Genus: Trachea > Species: Trachea atriplicis
Vernacular names
Meldevlinder (NL), Orache Moth (EN), La Noctuelle de l'Arroche (FR), Meldeneule (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 12 (as Hadena atriplicis). view page




Wingspan: 38–42 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a pupa underground. The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid-May till mid-October in two generations a year. The second one is usually partial.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Polygonum, Rumex, Atriplex and Chenopodium
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on various herbaceous plants like: Rumex and Polygonum aviculare, but mainly on Atriplex or Chenopodium.

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