Seq # 700920030

Eublemma ostrina (Hübner, 1808) Species

Last modified: March 21, 2024, 5:37 p.m.

A very rare migrant and recently discovered (2015) species in Belgium.


Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Boletobiinae > Genus: Eublemma > Species: Eublemma ostrina
Vernacular names
Bleek purperuiltje (NL), Purple Marbled (EN), L'Anthophile pourprée (FR), Südliches Sandstrohblumeneulchen (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Steeman C. & Sierens T. 2018. Interessante waarnemingen van Lepidoptera in België in 2017 (Lepidoptera). — Phegea 46(2): 31–47. On page 35. view page


A very rare migrant with only few observations in Belgium. First record as recent as 2015.



Wingspan 16-23 mm. A very small but colored species with a diffuse dark median crossline that separates the paler proximal half from the darker distal half of the wing.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larvae feed on the flowers an seeds of Carlina, Carduus, Cirsium and Echinops. Adults are not able to hibernate in our climate. They are attracted to light.

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Flight periods

The moths fly in several generations from mid April onwards till mid October. Belgian observations were from late May towards late October.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Carlina vulgaris
Host plant (genera):
Carlina, Carduus, Cirsium and Echinops

The larva lives on different species of Thistle.

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Species is found in open, dry, grassy or rocky areas.

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