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Amphipyra pyramidea (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Nov. 6, 2023, 4:05 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Amphipyrinae > Genus: Amphipyra > Species: Amphipyra pyramidea
Vernacular names
Piramidevlinder (NL), Copper Underwing (EN), La Pyramide (FR), Pyramideneule (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 pyramidea L.). view page




Wingspan: 40–52 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Pupation in a cocoon among plant debris or underground. Hibernates as an egg. During the day, they can be found in hollow trees, buildings, behind bark or in nest-boxes, often in group and sometimes together with Amphipyra berbera.
The adults come to sugar, wineroping and to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid July till well into November in one generation.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Prunus spinosa and Frangula alnus
Host plant (genera):
Quercus, Betula, Crataegus and Lonicera
Deciduous trees

The larva lives on a variety of trees and shrubs like: Quercus, Betula, Crataegus, Prunus spinosa, Lonicera, Ligustrum or Frangula alnus.

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