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Eupithecia absinthiata (Clerck, 1759)

A rather common species throughout Belgium. Formerly only known from the northern part of the country, but since 1980 spread over the whole country. Specimens of the race goossensiata  are much rarer and occurs mainly in the heathlands and moorlands of the Kempen.

The larva lives on a range of herbaceous plants like Senecio jacobaea, Achillea millefolium etc. The race goossensiata (formerly regarded as a separate species) lives on Calluna and Erica. Hibernates as pupa among plant debris.

The adults fly from Late April towards mid September in one generation a year. They are active from dusk onwards and later come to light.

Belgium, Antwerpen, Willebroek, 16 August 2003.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)
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