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Rhyparia purpurata (Linnaeus, 1758)

In Belgium only known from the most southern place in the province of Luxemburg and older observations from the 'Viroin at Namur, and also there very rare and very local. Recently (2007) rediscovered in the province of Namur.

The larva lives on various herbaceous plants and trees like Salix, Sorbus, Taraxacum, Trifolium, Vaccinium, Plantago, Calluna vulgaris etc... Hibernates as a larva among plant debris

The adults fly from early June till the end of July. They come to light, usually late at night.

Belgium, Namur, Lavaux Ste.-Anne, 02 June 2007.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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