Seq # 903160010

Epilecta linogrisea (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: March 13, 2023, 4:13 a.m.

This very rare species has not been seen in the southern part of Belgium for a very long time.
More than likely extinct.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Noctuinae > Tribus: Noctuini > Genus: Epilecta > Species: Epilecta linogrisea
Vernacular names
Schijnhuismoeder (NL), La Noctuelle gris-de-lin (FR), Silbergraue Bandeule (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 10 (as Triphaena linogrisea F.). view page




Wingspan: 34–39 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The species hibernates as a larva.
The adults are active at night and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid-June till late September.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Epilobium, Primula, Rumex, Senecio and Taraxacum

The larva lives on various types of grass and on different species of herbaceous plants like Digitalis purpurea, Stellaria or Primula.

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