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Acronicta leporina (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Acronicta leporina)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Noctuidae subfamily Acronictinae tribe Acronictini genus Acronicta subgenus Acronicta → species Acronicta leporina

Species name(s)

Acronicta (Acronicta) leporina (Linnaeus, 1758) = Phalaena leporina Linnaeus, 1758 = Noctua bradyporina Hübner, [1813] = Apatela sancta H. Edwards, 1888.

The Miller.



This species marks on the maps: 3.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky.

Forewing length

23—26 mm.


34—44 mm.

Primary colors

Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

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

Larva lifespan

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

Имаго  (Acronicta leporina)

Detailed information with references


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the Soviet Union - the European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia , Moldova, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland,Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, Northern Ireland, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, Central European, European southern taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Mid-Volzhsky, Middle Urals, South Ural. [3].
  • Ареал: вся Европа на высоте до 1600 м. [85].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Wingspan: 34-44 mm. Personal communication.
  • Длина переднего крыла — 2,6 см. Все крылья белые, на передних — рисунок из черных пятнышек. Для формы f. grisea характерно серое опыление крыльев. [85].

General info about Imago

  • Зайчик летает над заливными лугами, болотами, по берегам ручьев и в смешанных лесах достаточной влажности. [85].

Imago lifespan

  • С середины мая до августа. [85].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Betula, Alnus, Quercus, Populus, Salix. [28].
  • Alder (Alnus), birch (Betula), hazel (Corylus), willow (Salix), aspen (Populus tremula), Poplar (Populus), Rowan (Sorbus), maple (Acer), Ash (Fraxinus), oak (Quercus) Personal communication.
  • Ива и тополь, осина, ясень и липа. [85].

Larva lifespan

  • Гусеница активна в июле—сентябре. [85].

Overwintering stage

  • Зимует куколка. [85].

Subspecies of Acronicta leporina


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Igor Sakhno, Nikolai Vladimirov.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

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11.06.2015 5:43, Vasiliy Feoktistov Corrected data.

Wingspan: No formalized data → 34—44 mm.

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