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Phymatopus hecta (Linnaeus, 1758)

A not so common and local species throughout Belgium.

The larva feeds in the stem and roots of Pteridium aquilinum. In the last instar it feeds on young shoots at surface level. Overwinters several times as a larva. Eggs are simply dropped over the foodplant, while the female is in flight. One of the few species were the males attracts the females with their scent, resembling the smell of pineaple

The adults fly from late May till the end of July. They are active from dusk onwards and later come to light.


Belgium, Limburg, Kinrooi, 27 May 2005.
male (Photo © Maarten Jacobs)

Comments to Willy De Prins or Chris Steeman
© Flemish Entomological Society