Seq # 650050030

Clostera curtula (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: July 1, 2022, 11:32 a.m.

A rather common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Notodontidae > Subfamily: Pygaerinae > Genus: Clostera > Species: Clostera curtula
Vernacular names
Bruine wapendrager (NL), Chocolate-tip (EN), La Hausse-Queue blanche, le Courtaud (FR), Erpelschwanz-Raufußspinner (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1837. Catalogue des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de la Belgique, précédé du tableau des Libellulines de ce pays. — — : 1–29. On page 27 (as Pygoera [sic]) Curtula). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The caterpillars of Clostera curtula and Clostera pigra cannot be distinguished habitually! Breeding up to the moth is necessary for a safe determination.

Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year; from mid April till the end of May and again from July till mid August. They come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Populus and Salix

The larva lives on Salix and Populus, especially on Populus tremula. Pupates between spun leaves of the food plant.

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