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Nomophila noctuella (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775)

Имаго  (Nomophila noctuella)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Pyraloidea family Crambidae subfamily Spilomelinae genus Nomophila → species Nomophila noctuella

Species name(s)

Nomophila noctuella (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775) = Pyralis hybridalis Hübner, 1796 = Nephopteryx indistinctalis Walker, 1863 = Botys helvolalis Maassen, 1890.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #2. Kolsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #38. Sakhalin; #39. Yuzhno-Kurilsky; #40. Primorsky.


25—32 mm.

Primary colors


Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  (Nomophila noctuella)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Swipe KRL. 25-32 mm. Antennae of both sexes simple, filamentous .. labial palps are long, directed obliquely upwards, two-color: white and brown, gustoopushёnnye. The maxillary palps short, brown. Proboscis and eyes are. The forehead, crown and nape in smooth brown bristles.
    Trans.KRL long, narrow, reddish-brown, with the same color 2 large cross-oblong patches, trimmed with chocolate-brown scales, arranged at the end and at the beginning of the middle of the cell, and some chocolate-brown spots along the costal margin. Fringe two-color: brown and cream. The rear. KRL.light brown, without pattern. Fringe cream.
    In the lane. KRL. R2 vein parallel to the common stem 3 n4; veins M2 and M3 are separate. On the back. KRL. veins M2 and M3 depart otsredinnoy separate cells, but their bases close together. [113]. Yuri Semejkin.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Kola, Nizhne-Amur, Lower Volga, Primorye, Sakhalin , Mid-Amur, Mid-Volzhsky,South West Siberian Yuzhno-Kuril, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Austria, Azores, Albania, Baleares, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Iceland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), the Canary Islands, Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,Luxembourg, Madeira, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, the Savage Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part) Faroe Islands, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland,Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • In the Far East, everywhere except the Far North. [113]. Yuri Semejkin.


  • Moth flight is observed from late April to September. Most mass flight occurs in August and September. [113]. Yuri Semejkin.

Larva lifespan

  • Caterpillar stage lasts 15-40 days. After finishing the development, the caterpillars cocoon made between listmi on the ground, under rocks, where winter and next spring pupate. [113]. Yuri Semejkin.

Larva food plants

  • Trifolium, Medicago, Polygonum, Triticum, Poa, Vaccinium. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Polyphagous pest. Caterpillars on clover, alfalfa, corn, wheat, buckwheat, wild strawberry. [113]. Yuri Semejkin.

Additional info about Larva

  • After oviposition, 3-15 days appear caterpillars which is first skeletonizing leaves on the one hand, then the nibble holes in them. Caterpillars of older building with the help of silk threads at the bottom of the tube plant, covered with leaves and soil particles. They live, pulling pieces of leaves. [113]. Yuri Semejkin.


  • After copulation the female lays eggs up to 120-350 pieces. the leaves, stalks or inflorescences in groups or singly. [113]. Yuri Semejkin.

Overwintering stage

  • Adult caterpillars winter in cocoons, sometimes wintering butterflies part of the last generation. [113]. Yuri Semejkin.


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vlad Proklov, Vitaly Gumenuk.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Yuri Semejkin.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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29.01.2014 10:47, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Wingspan: No formalized data → 25—32 mm. Flight time: No formalized data → April, May, June, July, August, September. Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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