Seq # 901180010

Euplexia lucipara (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Aug. 30, 2023, 11:39 a.m.

A rather common species throughout Belgium. Numbers vary much over the years.


Family: Noctuidae > Subfamily: Xyleninae > Tribus: Phlogophorini > Genus: Euplexia > Species: Euplexia lucipara
Vernacular names
Levervlek (NL), Small Angle Shades (EN), La Luisante (FR), Gelbfleck-Waldschatteneule (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 12.




Wingspan: 27–32 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

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Hibernates as a pupa underground. The adults come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year: from early May till mid August. Sometimes a partial second generation occurs during September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Pteridium aquilinum
Herbaceous plants, Deciduous trees and Ferns

The larva lives mainly on Pteridium aquilinum, but also on other ferns, herbaceous plants and even trees.

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