Cossidae: Zeuzerinae

04178 Reed Leopard Phragmataecia castaneae, (Hübner, 1790)

BF0160 (ABH50.003)


General Information

The larvae overwinter twice low down in a reed stem, up to 20cm below water. Larvae are usually only seen in the third year where they move between reed stems.


Pupates in a reed stem.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Male readily comes to light, sometimes in numbers. Female not.

Forewing length: 15-23mm.
Foodplant(s): reeds (Phragmites spp.)
Flying: One generation, June-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Fens, marshes, reed swamps and reedbeds.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Larva Type:
white, purple, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: