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Xanthia togata (Esper, 1788) Species

Last modified: Sept. 16, 2023, 11:45 a.m.

A rather common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Xanthia > Species: Xanthia togata
Vernacular names
Wilgengouduil (NL), Pink-barred Sallow (EN), La Xanthie ochracée (FR), Violett-Gelbeule (DE)
Xanthia lutea (Ström, 1788), nec (Hufnagel, 1766) , Xanthia ochreago (Borkhausen, 1792) and Xanthia silago (Hübner, 1803)
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: 27–30 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


When young, the larva lives in the catkins of the host plant, later on it feeds on different herbaceous plants.
Hibernates as an egg, laid in short rows on twigs of the food plant.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults can be observed onwards from August, but fly mainly during September and October in one generation.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Salix and Populus
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on Salix and Populus, later on it feeds on different herbaceous plants like Rumex.

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