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Udea ferrugalis (Hübner, 1796)

A common immigrant in Belgium, establishing temporary populations.

The larva is very polyphagous on herbaceous plants, notably Stachys, Eupatorium and Fragaria vesca. When young it lives in a turned-down leaf, later on between two spun leaves. Pupation in a cocoon in a partially cut section of the leaf.

The adults have been observed in almost any month of the year, but most in autumn. Moths can be observed visiting ripe blackberries, ivy-bloom, and flowers such as Succisa. They come to light.

Belgium, Antwerpen, Mortsel, 04 September 2004.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)
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