Seq # 903300130

Xestia castanea (Esper, 1798) Species

Last modified: Nov. 6, 2022, 4:35 p.m.

A very rare and declining species. The species used to occur in dry heathlands in the Kempen, but seem to be extinct (about 2000) in Flanders nowadays. In the southern provinces, regular observations in the Famenne, Viroin and the extreme south.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Noctuini > Genus: Xestia > Subgenus: Xestia > Species: Xestia castanea
Vernacular names
Kastanjebruine uil (NL), Neglected Rustic (EN), La Noctuelle négligée (FR), Ginsterheiden-Bodeneule (DE)
Xestia neglecta (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 12 (as neglecta). view page




Wingspan: 36–42 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva hibernates.
The adults are attracted to light, sugar and the flowers of e.g. Calluna vulgaris.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing in the second half of August till mid September.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Calluna and Erica

The larva lives on a number of herbaceous plants like: Calluna and Erica.

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