Seq # 520310010

Gastropacha populifolia (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Oct. 18, 2023, 3:37 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, mainly known from the Kempen and some locations in the southern part.


Family: Lasiocampidae > Subfamily: Lasiocampinae > Tribus: Gastropachini > Genus: Gastropacha > Species: Gastropacha populifolia
Vernacular names
Populierenblad (NL), La Feuille morte du Peuplier (FR), Pappelglucke (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 25 (as Gastropacha Populifolia). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a larva and pupates in a though cocoon. The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year from mid-May till late July. Very occasionally a partial second generation occurs during mid-August/mid-September.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Populus, Salix and Fraxinus

The larva lives mainly on Populus, but also on Salix and Fraxinus.

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