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Autographa bractea (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: July 3, 2022, 10:44 a.m.

First observation of this species in Belgium was 1940 and it is an irregular and very scarce migrant in the north. More observations in the south and southeast of Belgium, especially in damp places and moors located in conifer forests, but also there very rare and local.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Plusiinae > Tribus: Plusiini > Genus: Autographa > Species: Autographa bractea
Vernacular names
Zilvervenster (NL), Gold Spangle (EN), La Feuille d'or (FR), Quellhalden-Goldeule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Berger L. A. 1945a. Espèces nouvelles pour la faune belge. — Lambillionea 45: 1–2, 9–10. On page 2.

Migrant In Belgium since July 1940.



Wingspan: 37–42 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


It overwinters as a larva and pupates in late spring in a cocoon formed under a leaf of the food plant in late spring.
The species can be seen by day and by night and can be attracted to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year and have been observed from end of June till the end of October, but mainly during July and August.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Urtica, Senecio, Hieracium, Eupatorium, Vaccinium, Lonicera and Glechoma
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on a wide variety of herbaceous plants such as: Urtica, Senecio, Hieracium and Eupatorium.

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