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Craniophora ligustri (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: June 4, 2024, 10:20 a.m.

A rather common species throughout Belgium, it seems to have enlarged its range towards the north since 1980.

This species is considered Least Concern according to the IUCN Red List category for Flanders 2023.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Acronictinae > Genus: Craniophora > Species: Craniophora ligustri
Vernacular names
Schedeldrager (NL), Coronet (EN), La Troënière (FR), Liguster-Rindeneule (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 10 (as Acronycta ligustri F.). view page




Wingspan 30–35 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The species hbernates as a pupa in a strong cocoon, usually under moss on a tree trunk.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations from late April till June, and again from July till late September. During August we got the highest numbers in Belgium.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Fraxinus and Ligustrum

The larva lives mainly on Fraxinus or Ligustrum.

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