Seq # 901040020

Athetis pallustris (Hübner, 1808) Species

Last modified: Sept. 15, 2023, 6:59 p.m.

This very rare and local species has not been seen in LX for a very long time. Very likely extinct.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Caradrinini > Genus: Athetis > Subgenus: Hydrillula > Species: Athetis pallustris
Vernacular names
Moerasspirea-uil (NL), Marsh Moth (EN), L'Hydrille des Marais (FR), Wiesen-Staubeule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Houyez P. 1980. Présence d’Athetis palustris [sic] Hbn. en Belgique (Lép. - Noctuidae). — Lambillionea 79: 84. On page 84.




Wingspan: 18–34 mm.

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Specimens in nature

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The fully grown caterpillar hibernates in a sturdy web on or in the ground. In the spring the caterpillar is still active for a short period and in April pupation takes place in a cocoon on or in the litter layer.
The species is both diurnal and nocturnal. The male comes to light, the female is sometimes active at the end of the afternoon in warm weather.

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Flight periods

The flight period is mid-May towards mid-July in one generation a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Filipendula ulmaria and Plantago lanceolata
Herbaceous plants

The larva feeds on herbs like Filipendula ulmaria.

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It inhabits marshes, wet meadows and hay fields.

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