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Diloba caeruleocephala (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: July 3, 2022, 10:01 a.m.

A not so common species throughout Belgium, more frequently observed in the northwestern and southern part of the country.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Dilobinae > Genus: Diloba > Species: Diloba caeruleocephala
Vernacular names
Krakeling (NL), Figure of Eight (EN), Le Double-Omega (FR), Blaukopf (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 9 (as Diloba caeruleocephala). view page




Wingspan: 30–40 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



Hibernates as an egg, laid in small groups on twigs of the larval food plant.
Pupates in a cocoon formed in soil or leaf litter.
The adults come to light and sometimes also on sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from late September till mid November in one generation.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Prunus spinosa
Host plant (genera):
Crataegus, Malus and Sorbus
Deciduous trees and Shrubs

The larva lives on different trees and shrubs including: Crataegus, Prunus spinosa , Sorbus and Malus.

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