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Cucullia asteris (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: April 23, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

A very rare and local species throughout Belgium, seems to be strongly declining in the south of the country.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Cuculliinae > Genus: Cucullia > Species: Cucullia asteris
Vernacular names
Astermonnik (NL), Star-Wort (EN), La Cucullie de l'Aster (FR), Astern-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.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a pupa in a sturdy cocoon among debris on the ground or in the soil, sometimes for more than one year. They are active from dusk onwards and come sparsely to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid May till end of September in one generation.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Aster tripolium and Solidago virgaurea

The larva lives on Aster tripolium, Solidago and in gardens it accepts cultivated Aster.

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