Seq # 900060010

Macdunnoughia confusa (Stephens, 1850) Species

Last modified: June 4, 2024, 10:13 a.m.

A fairly common migrant in Belgium. Numbers vary much over the years.

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


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Plusiinae > Tribus: Plusiini > Genus: Macdunnoughia > Species: Macdunnoughia confusa
Vernacular names
Getekende gamma-uil (NL), Dewick's Plusia (EN), La Goutte d'Argent (FR), Schafgarben-Silbereule (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 14.




Wingspan 32–38 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a larva among plant debris.
The adults are active during the day and also at night. They come to light and less to sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in three generations a year: from mid April till October.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Artemisia absinthium
Host plant (genera):
Urtica and Lamium
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on different herbaceous plants, especially on: Urtica dioica and others including: Lamium, Chamomilla and Artemisia absinthium.

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