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Diachrysia chrysitis (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: July 3, 2022, 10:39 a.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Plusiinae > Tribus: Plusiini > Genus: Diachrysia > Species: Diachrysia chrysitis
Vernacular names
Koperuil (NL), Burnished Brass (EN), Le Vert-Doré (FR), Messingeule (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 chrysitis). view page




Wingspan: 28–35 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a small larva, near the ground among vegetation.
Pupates in a loose cocoon spun under or near a leaf of the food plant.
The adults are active from dusk on and later come to light and rarely to sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two different generations, sometimes three, from mid May till end of September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Origanum vulgare
Host plant (genera):
Urtica and Lamium
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on a variety of herbaceous plants and other low-growing plants including: Urtica dioica, Lamium and Origanum vulgare.

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