Phragmataecia castaneae, Crete - photo ©

Phragmataecia castaneae, Crete - photo ©

Phragmataecia castaneae (Hübner, 1790)


Phragmataecia castaneae is a moth of the family Cossidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Phragmataecia castaneae (Hübner, 1790)

Phalaena castaneae (Hübner, 1790)

Noctua arundinis (Hübner, 1808)

Common name
Reed Leopard, Giant Vorer

Superfamily: Cossoidea > Family: Cossidae > Subfamily: Zeuzerinae > Genus: Phragmataecia


30-56 mm


River banks, lake shores, and  υγροβιότοποι.

Food plant

The larva is monophagous on Poaceae (Phragmites australis, Phragmites comunis) and bores into the lower parts of the culms. 

Flight period*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

*based on a few observations on the island


Lepidoptera Mundi

Lepiforum e. V.

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Plant Parasites of Europe