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Allophyes oxyacanthae (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: April 4, 2022, 2:14 p.m.

A not so common species in the northern part of Belgium and fairly common in the southern part.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Psaphidinae > Tribus: Allophyini > Genus: Allophyes > Species: Allophyes oxyacanthae
Vernacular names
Meidoornuil (NL), Green-brindled Crescent (EN), L'Aubépinière (FR), Weißdorn-Eule (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 12.




Wingspan: 35–45 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as an egg, laid singly on twigs of the foodplant.
The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults have been observed from early September till well into November in one generation.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Prunus spinosa and Sorbus aucuparia
Host plant (genera):
Crataegus and Betula

The larva lives on various deciduous trees and shrubs, like: Crataegus, Betula or Prunus spinosa etc..

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