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Archanara sparganii (Esper, 1790)

A rare species in Belgium, though recorded from all provinces. Not so frequently observed in the southern part of the country.

The larva lives in the stem of Iris pseudacorus, Typha and similar species which grow in the water. Hibernates as an egg, attached to a leaf of the food plant. Pupates head upwards by a prepared window in a stem.

The adults fly in one generation a year; starting from early July till early October. They come to light.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Willebroek, 15 July 2005.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)
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