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Lygephila pastinum (Treitschke, 1826) Species

Last modified: March 14, 2022, 10:19 p.m.

A widespread and rare species in Belgium, mainly observed in the southern part.


Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Toxocampinae > Genus: Lygephila > Species: Lygephila pastinum
Vernacular names
Wikke-uil (NL), Blackneck (EN), L'Ophiuse de l'Astragale (FR), Nierenfleck-Wickeneule (DE)
Lygephila lusoria sensu auct., nec (Linnaeus, 1758)
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 14.




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year; from late May till mid August. Ocasionally, a partial second generation occurs during September- early October. They are active from dusk onwards and later come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Vicia cracca

The larva lives on several herbaceous plants including Vicia cracca and Lathyrus palustris. Hibernates as a small larva and pupates in a cocoon on or just beneath the ground.

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