Seq # 490820010

Aglossa caprealis (Hübner, 1809) Species

Last modified: Jan. 20, 2021, 5:49 p.m.

A fairly common species in Belgium, mainly recorded from the northern provinces. It is a synanthropic species occurring worldwide.


Family: Pyralidae > Subfamily: Pyralinae > Tribus: Pyralini > Genus: Aglossa > Species: Aglossa caprealis
Vernacular names
Bliksemlichtmot (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 (as cuprealis). view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults have been observed from June till September. They come to light and sugar.

Observed on

Dead leaves

The larva lives in a silken gallery on dead and decaying vegetable and animal matter, and it is sometimes used in forensic medicine and criminology. It pupates in a cocoon in the larval habitation.

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