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Nycterosea obstipata (Fabricius, 1794)

This southern species is a very rare migrant and has been seen in most provinces in Belgium. It doesn't occur every year, but if seen, only a few observations and mostly singles.

The larva lives on various herbaceous plants like Senecio, Convolvulus, Rumex and Chrysanthenum. This species is not able to hibernate in our climate.

The adults have been seen from April till November, but most observations are done in late summer and autumn. Seldom seen except at light.


Belgium, Limburg, Kinrooi, 15 September 2006.
male (Photo © Maarten Jacobs)

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