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Archanara neurica (Hübner, 1808)

A very rare species in Belgium, confined to four provinces in the northern part of the country. First encountered in 1968 in the province of Limburg

The larva lives on Phragmites australis. Hibernates as an egg and pupates in an old dry reed stem.

The adults fly from mid June till late August in one generation. They come to light.

ID: easily confused with A. dissoluta, but this species is slimmer, a little bit smaller, has diagnostic white edges on thorax and lacks the central spots on underside of wings. 

Belgium, West-Vlaanderen, Oostende, 18 July 2005.
Photo © Erik Vanloo)

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