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Dysauxes ancilla (Linnaeus, 1767) Species

Last modified: Sept. 15, 2023, 12:16 p.m.

A very local and rare species in Belgium, only known from the three southern provinces. The species occurs mainly in limestone areas. Nowadays, the stronghold of this species is LG.


Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Arctiinae > Tribus: Syntomini > Genus: Dysauxes > Species: Dysauxes ancilla
Vernacular names
Dienares (NL), The Handmaid (EN), La Servante (FR), Braunfleck-Widderchen (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 29 (as Lithosia Ancilla). view page




Wingspan 22-25 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly in June and July. In favourable conditions sometimes till late October.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Taraxacum, Senecio, Plantago and Lactuca

The larva feeds on lichens, but also accepts mosses and the leaves of herbaceous plants: Parmelia, Xanthoria, Jungermanni, Lactuca, Taraxacum, Senecio etc...
The adults come to light.

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