Seq # 901160010

Actinotia polyodon (Clerck, 1759) Species

Last modified: Aug. 13, 2022, 11:36 a.m.

A not so common species throughout Belgium. Numbers vary much over the years.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Actinotiini > Genus: Actinotia > Species: Actinotia polyodon
Vernacular names
Gevlamde uil (NL), Purple Cloud (EN), La Camomilière (FR), Vielzahn-Johanniskrauteule (DE)
Actinotia perspicillaris (Linnaeus, 1761)
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 13.




Wingspan: 31–36 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a pupa underground. The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two not-well defined generations a year: from early May till the end of August.
Very occasionally a partial third generation occurs during September and October.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Hypericum perforatum and Astragalus glycyphyllos

The larva lives on Hypericum perforatum or on Astragalus glycyphyllos.

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