Seq # 901590110

Conistra erythrocephala (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Oct. 25, 2023, 2:09 p.m.

A fairly common species in Belgium, especially in the northeastern and southern part.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Xylenini > Genus: Conistra > Subgenus: Dasycampa > Species: Conistra erythrocephala
Vernacular names
Roodkopwinteruil (NL), Red-headed Chestnut (EN), L'Orrhodie érythrocéphale, l'Hyacinthe (FR), Rotkopf-Wintereule (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1857a. Catalogue des Insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 1: 1–111. On page 101 (as Cerastis Erythrocephala. W. V.). view page




Wingspan: 38 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as an adult. They come to light and especially on sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid-September till November and after hibernation again from early March till early May.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Galium, Plantago, Quercus, Ulmus, Taraxacum and Viola
Herbaceous plants

When young, the larva lives on Quercus or Ulmus, and later on various herbaceous plants like Taraxacum, Plantago, Galium and Viola.

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