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Catocala fraxini (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Feb. 24, 2020, 12:56 p.m.

A local and very rare species in Belgium, more frequent in the south of Belgium.


Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Erebinae > Tribus: Catocalini > Genus: Catocala > Species: Catocala fraxini
Vernacular names
Blauw weeskind (NL), Clifden Nonpareil (EN), La Lichénée bleue (FR), Blaues Ordensband (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.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year; from mid August till half of October, but most specimens were seen during September. They come occasionally to light, but are more frequent observed on sugar.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Populus tremula

The larva lives mainly on Populus tremula, but also on other Populus species. Hibernates as an egg in a bark crevice on the food plant. Pupates in a silken cocoon spun between leaves or among leaf litter.

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