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Mecyna flavalis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: April 14, 2021, 2:30 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium. Recent observations only in NA, almost exclusively around Nismes.
This species is often confused with the more common and widespread Paratalanta hyalinalis.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Spilomelinae > Tribus: Nomophilini > Genus: Mecyna > Species: Mecyna flavalis
Vernacular names
Geelwitte kruidenmot (NL)
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 19. view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year; from mid June towards August. Easily disturbed by day, it becomes active at dusk and later it comes to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Artemisia campestris, Urtica urens and Galium mollugo

The larvae live on herbaceous plants such as Galium mollugo, Artemisia campestris, Ballota, Reseda and Urticae urens.

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