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Mamestra brassicae (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Sept. 16, 2023, 12:34 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Hadeninae > Tribus: Hadenini > Genus: Mamestra > Species: Mamestra brassicae
Vernacular names
Kooluil (NL), Cabbage Moth (EN), La Brassicaire (FR), Kohleule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Lambillion L.-J. 1900–1913. Catalogue des Lépidoptères de Belgique. — Revue mensuelle de la Société entomologique namuroise Supplément: 1–464. On page 119.




Wingspan: 37–45 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates mainly as a pupa in an underground cocoon, and sometimes as a larva, which can be found at any time of the year, but mainly in late summer and autumn.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two or sometimes three overlapping generations a year from mid-April till mid-October.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Salix and Quercus
Herbaceous plants and Cultivated crops

The larva lives mainly on Brassica but also on other herbaceous plants and deciduous trees like Salix and Quercus. It can become a pest.

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