Xestia ochreago

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The Phalaena (Noctua) ochreago invalidly described by Esper in 1791 is Tiliacea citrago.
Xestia ochreago
Noctuidae - Xestia ochreago.jpg
Xestia ochreago
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Xestia
Species: X. ochreago
Binomial name
Xestia ochreago
(Hübner, 1790)
  • Phalaena (Noctua) ochreago Hübner, 1790
  • Xestia ochrojois Hübner, [1821]
  • Xestia rubecula Treitschke, 1837
  • Xestia habichi Rebel, 1909
  • Xestia pallida Schuring, 1918

Xestia ochreago is a moth of the Noctuidae family.[1]

Xestia ochreago. Mounted specimen


Xestia ochreago has a wingspan of 37–39 mm. [2] The forewings are basically yellowish or pale brown, with transversal wavy dark brown lines and with yellowish rings surrounded by darker fine lines. At the lower rim of the kidney shaped ring there is a characteristic brownish stain. The hind wings are greyish or pale brown.


Adults are mainly day-active and are on wing from the end of June to August in one generation per year. [2] Adults can be found on flowers of Scabiosa, Adenostyles and Cirsium spinosissimum. The larvae feed on various plants, including Verbascum and Tussilago farfara. This species overwinters as a caterpillar.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species can be found in the Mediterranean and Asia. In Europe it is found in the mountains of Spain, the Mountains in the eastern Balkan and the Alps. [2] [3][4] It is found up to heights of 2,500 meters.


  • LepIndex: The Global Lepidoptera Names Index. Beccaloni G.W., Scoble M.J., Robinson G.S. & Pitkin B.
  • Michael Fibiger: Noctuinae II. In: W. G. Tremewan (Hrsg.): Noctuidae Europaeae. 1. Auflage. Band 2, Entomological Press, Sorø 1993, ISBN 87-89430-02-6.
  • W. Forster, T. A. Wohlfahrt: Die Schmetterlinge Mitteleuropas, Band IV, Eulen. Franckh'sche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart 1971
  • Erstbeschreibung: HÜBNER, J. [1800-1838]: Sammlung europäischer Schmetterlinge 4: pl. 1-185


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