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Cucullia chamomillae (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Feb. 20, 2020, 7:46 p.m.

A rather rare species throughout Belgium, could be in some places locally fairly common. Mostly found as larvae.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Cuculliinae > Genus: Cucullia > Species: Cucullia chamomillae
Vernacular names
Kamillevlinder (NL), Chamomile Shark (EN), La Cucullie de la Camomille (FR), Kamillen-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


Extremely variable in colour.


Hibernates as a pupa in a strong cocoon in the soil, sometimes for several years. The adults come sparsely to light. More seen as larva than as imago.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from beginning of April till end of June in one generation.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Tripleurospermum maritimum and Anthemis nobilis
Host plant (genera):
Anthemis and Matricaria

The lives on the flowers of various species of Anthemis and Matricaria.

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