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Miltochrista miniata (Forster, 1771)

A rather common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives on various species of lichens, especially on Peltigera canina, growing on various tree species. Hibernates as a small larva.

The adults fly in one generation a year; from early June till mid August. In favourable conditions, a partial second generation occurs till mid October. They come to light. 

Sometimes the pinkish color is replaced by yellow. This form called 'flava' is quite rare, see More pictures

Belgium, Antwerpen, Ranst, 26 June 2005.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)
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Comments to Willy De Prins or Chris Steeman
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