Seq # 903130010

Cerastis leucographa (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Sept. 16, 2023, 3:20 p.m.

A rare and widespread species throughout Belgium, numbers vary from year to year.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Noctuini > Genus: Cerastis > Species: Cerastis leucographa
Vernacular names
Witringuil (NL), White-marked (EN), La Noctuelle leucographe (FR), Gelbfleck-Frühlings-Bodeneule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Hippert E. 1899. Assemblée mensuelle du 4 mars 1899. — Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 43: 77. On page 77.




Wingspan: 32–38 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


It hibernates as a pupa in the soil.
The adults come to light, sugar and sallow catkins.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from early March till early May in one generation a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Vaccinium myrtillus
Host plant (genera):
Salix, Quercus, Stellaria and Rumex
Herbaceous plants and Deciduous trees

The larva lives on various herbaceous plants like Stellaria, Rumex, Vaccinium, also on Salix or Quercus.

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