Seq # 900020030

Autographa jota (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: July 3, 2022, 10:29 a.m.

A rather rare species throughout Belgium. Numbers vary much over the years.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Plusiinae > Tribus: Plusiini > Genus: Autographa > Species: Autographa jota
Vernacular names
Jota-uil (NL), Plain Golden Y (EN), Le Iota (FR), Jota-Silbereule (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 14 (as Plusia iota). view page




Wingspan: 38–46 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a larva among plant debris.
Pupates in a cocoon formed on the underside of a leaf of the food plant.
The adults are active from dusk and later come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid May till the end of July in one generation.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Heracleum sphondylium
Host plant (genera):
Urtica, Lonicera and Lamium
Herbaceous plants and Deciduous trees

The larva lives on various herbaceous plants, like: Urtica dioica, Lamium, Lonicera and Heracleum sphondylium.

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