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Cirrhia gilvago (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Sept. 17, 2022, 10:49 a.m.

A rare and local species throughout Belgium. Populations have declined because of the Dutch elm disease.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Cirrhia > Species: Cirrhia gilvago
Vernacular names
Iepengouduil (NL), Dusky-lemon sallow (EN), La Xanthie cendrée (FR), Ulmen-Gelbeule (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 13.




Wingspan: 32–38 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



The larva feeds on the seeds, flowers and leaves. Later on, it accepts also various species of herbaceous plants.
Hibernates as an egg on the twigs of the foodplant.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from early September till late October.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Ulmus glabra, Ulmus minor and Ulmus procera
Herbaceous plants

The larva feeds on various species of Ulmus, later on also on herbaceous plants.

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