Seq # 900310090

Acronicta auricoma (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Oct. 5, 2023, 1:57 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium, more observed in the southern part.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Acronictinae > Genus: Acronicta > Subgenus: Viminia > Species: Acronicta auricoma
Vernacular names
Goudhaaruil (NL), Scarce Dagger (EN), La Chevelure dorée (FR), Goldhaar-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 (as Acronycta auricoma F.). view page




Wingspan: 33–42 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



The polyphagous larva lives on a variety of plants, and it hibernates as a pupa, in a cocoon on the foodplant, or in leaf litter.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year from early April to late September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Vaccinium myrtillus
Host plant (genera):
Quercus, Rubus, Betula, Prunus and Plantago

The larva lives on a variety of plants like Plantago, Vaccinium myrtillus, Rubus, Quercus, Prunus, and Betula.

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