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Amphipyra perflua (Fabricius, 1787) Species

Last modified: Sept. 24, 2022, 5:57 p.m.

A very rare and local species, mainly seen in the three southern provinces of Belgium. Outside this area are usually wanderers.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Amphipyrinae > Genus: Amphipyra > Species: Amphipyra perflua
Vernacular names
Grote piramidevlinder (NL), Larger Pale-tipped Black Moth (EN), La Noctuelle efféminée (FR), Gesäumte Glanzeule (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 Amphipyra perflua F.). view page




Wingspan: 42–56 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as an egg. Pupation in a cocoon among plant debris or under the ground.
The adults come to sugar, wineroping and to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from mid July till end of August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Populus tremula, Populus nigra, Corylus avellana, Fagus sylvatica, Ulmus glabra, Prunus spinosa, Ligustrum vulgare and Ulmus minor
Host plant (genera):
Salix, Malus, Alnus, Crataegus, Lonicera and Ulmus
Deciduous trees

The larva lives on a range of trees and shrubs like Populus tremula, Populus nigra, Salix, Corylus avellana, Alnus, Fagus sylvatica, Ulmus campestris, Malus, Crataegus, Prunus spinosa, Ligustrum vulgare or Lonicera.

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