Seq # 700920050

Eublemma purpurina (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: June 4, 2024, 10:04 a.m.

A scarce migrant in Belgium, but more and more observations have been made since the first specimen in 2014 in AN.
The first larvae were found in 2021, so the species appears to be establishing itself here and the population is replenished annually by migrants.


Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Boletobiinae > Genus: Eublemma > Species: Eublemma purpurina
Vernacular names
Prachtpurperuiltje (NL), Beautiful Marbled (EN), La Noctuelle purpurine (FR), Purpur-Zwergeulchen (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Prins W., Steeman C. & Sierens T. 2015. Interessante waarnemingen van Lepidoptera in België in 2014 (Lepidoptera). — Phegea 43(4): 98–103. On page 99. view page


A very rare migrant, having been noticed in Belgium for the very first time in 2014. In 2018 more than 50 individuals were already known from Belgium.

This species is considered Least Concern according to the IUCN Red List category for Flanders 2023.



Wingspan 17-29 mm. An attractive and colored species that possesses a strong crossline within the purple distal half of the wing.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults can be seen from early May towards late October in generally two generations a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Cirsium vulgare and Cirsium arvense
Host plant (genera):
Cirsium and Carduus

The larva feeds on Cirsium and Carduus.

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The species inhabit open dry grassland.

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