A rare species throughout Belgium.
larva lives on various species of herbaceous and marshland plants like Rumex hydrolapathum, Mentha aquatica, Lysimachia vulgaris, Iris pseudacorus, Pedicularis sylvatica etc... Hibernates as a larva in a loose cocoon among plant debris.
adults fly in one generation a year; from early May till begin of July. They readily come to
there are some forms of Spilosoma lubricipeda which have very few black
dots on the forewing, but the present species never shows a black
discal spot on the hindwing.
Antwerpen, Viersel, 08 June 2004.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)