Seq # 900310010

Acronicta aceris (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Feb. 20, 2020, 7:14 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Acronictinae > Genus: Acronicta > Subgenus: Acronicta > Species: Acronicta aceris
Vernacular names
Bont schaapje (NL), Sycamore (EN), La Noctuelle de l'Erable (FR), Ahorn-Rindeneule (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 10.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature



The larva lives mainly on Acer pseudoplatanus and Acer campestre, but has also been observed on Aesculus hippocastanum, Betula and Quercus. Hibernates, sometimes more than once, as a pupa in a double-layered cocoon in a bark crevice or among leaf litter or moss. The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from early May till mid August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Aesculus hippocastanum, Acer pseudoplatanus and Acer campestre
Host plant (genera):
Betula and Quercus

The larva lives mainly on Acer. Also reported and observed on Aesculus hippocastanum, Betula and Quercus.

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