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Menophra abruptaria (Thunberg, 1792)

A very rare and local species in Belgium, only known from records before 1980 from the province of Luxembourg and from recent records in the provinces West-Vlaanderen and Hainaut.

The larva lives on Ligustrum and Fraxinus. Hibernates as a pupa in a cocoon on the food plant.

All Belgian adults have been seen in March and during July/August. The adults fly usually from late March towards June. When conditions are favourable, a partial second generation can occurs during late July and during August. They come to light.


Belgium, Hainaut, Moeskroen, 28 March 2007.
(Photo © Christophe Gruwier)
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