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Ematurga atomaria (Linnaeus, 1758)

A common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives various species of low plants and bushes like Calluna, Erica or Trifolium. Hibernates as a pupa in a loose cocoon on or underground.

The adults fly in two generations a year: in mid April-June and again in July-August. They are active during daytime and come to light.

Belgium, Luxembourg, Virton, 30 May 2004.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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