Seq # 903300020

Xestia ditrapezium (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Sept. 20, 2023, 2:26 p.m.

A rather rare species in the southern part of Belgium, in the northern part very rare or recorded as vagrants.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Noctuini > Genus: Xestia > Subgenus: Megasema > Species: Xestia ditrapezium
Vernacular names
Trapeziumuil (NL), Triple-spotted Clay (EN), Le Double Trapèze, la Sérieuse (FR), Trapez-Bodeneule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Lambillion L.-J. 1904d. Lépidoptères nouveaux pour la faune belge. — Revue mensuelle de la Société entomologique namuroise 4: 47. On page 47.




Wingspan: 35–42 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



The larva feeds at night and hides during the day close to the ground.
Hibernates as a larva and pupates in the ground.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from early June till late August.

Observed on

Herbaceous plants, Deciduous trees and Shrubs

The larva lives on different species of herbaceous plants like Primula and in spring also shrubs and trees as Salix, Betula or Cornus sanguinea.

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