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Cucullia absinthii (Linnaeus, 1761) Species

Last modified: Oct. 3, 2021, 11:42 a.m.

A rare species in Belgium, mainly observed in the northern part.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Cuculliinae > Genus: Cucullia > Species: Cucullia absinthii
Vernacular names
Absintmonnik (NL), Wormwood (EN), La Cucullie de l'Absinthe (FR), Beifuß-Mönch (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.




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Specimens in nature


Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year; from June till August. They are active from dusk onwards and later come sparsely to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Artemisia absinthium and Artemisia vulgaris

The larva lives on the flowers and seedheads of Artemisia absinthium, also on Artemisia vulgaris. Hibernates as a pupa, in a tough cocoon of silk and earth, usually among surface debris but sometimes underground.

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