Seq # 500010040

Anania fuscalis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Dec. 29, 2021, 6:07 p.m.

A local and very rare species in Belgium, mainly observed in the southern part.


Family: Crambidae > Subfamily: Pyraustinae > Tribus: Pyraustini > Genus: Anania > Species: Anania fuscalis
Vernacular names
Hengellichtmot (NL), Cinerous Pearl (EN), Le Botys cendré (FR)
Anania cineralis (Fabricius, 1794)
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 cineralis). view page




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Flight periods

The adults fly in June and July. They are active at dusk and come to light

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Solidago virgaurea and Melampyrum pratense
Host plant (genera):
Rhinanthus and Pedicularis

The larva feeds in a gallery or web, spinning the flowers and seeds to the main stalk on Rhinanthus, Melampyrum pratense, Solidago virgaurea or Pedicularis. It hibernates in its cocoon and pupates in a tough semitransparent cocoon.

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