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Anania hortulata (Linnaeus, 1758)

A common species throughout Belgium.

The larva feeds between spun leaves or in a rolled leaf on Urtica, or, less frequently, Marrubium, Stachys spp., Mentha spp., Ballota or Convolvulus. It hibernates in its cocoon. Pupation takes place in a cocoon spun under loose bark, deep in debris, etc.

The adults fly from mid May till mid September. They are active from dusk onwards and later come to light.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Kontich, 11 June 2006.
(Photo © Gaston Sallaets)
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