Seq # 901510110

Agrochola helvola (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Sept. 7, 2023, 2:59 p.m.

A rare species throughout Belgium, with most of the observations in the Kempen and the southern part of the country.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Agrochola > Subgenus: Anchoscelis > Species: Agrochola helvola
Vernacular names
Roodachtige herfstuil (NL), Flounced Chestnut (EN), La Xanthie rufine (FR), Rötliche Herbsteule (DE)
Agrochola rufina (Linnaeus, 1758)
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: 30–35 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as an egg, laid on twigs, leaves or bark. The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from early September till early November in one generation.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Calluna vulgaris
Host plant (genera):
Quercus, Ulmus, Betula, Salix and Vaccinium
Deciduous trees and Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on different deciduous trees like: Quercus, Ulmus, Betula or Salix. Also on herbaceous plants like: Calluna vulgaris or Vaccinium.

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