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Agrochola lychnidis ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

A rare, local and declining species throughout Belgium. 

The larva, when young, lives on several species of lower plants like Trifolium, Ranunculus and Stellaria media. Later on, it lives on the leaves of deciduous trees especially Crataegus and shrubs. Hibernates as an egg.

The adults fly from mid September till the end of October in one generation. They come to light and sugar.

Belgium, Namur, Lavaux-Ste-Anne, 23 September 2006.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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