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Asteroscopus sphinx (Hufnagel, 1766)

A rather common species in Belgium, mainly known from the Kempen, Brabant and the south of the country.

The larva lives on the leaves of a great variety of deciduous trees like Prunus spinosa and Frangula alnus. Hibernates as an egg, laid in small batches in a crevice on a tree trunk. Pupates in a cocoon well underground.

The adults fly in one generation a year; from early October to late November, but mainly during mid October till mid November. They come to light.


Belgium, Limburg, Kinrooi, 11 November 2005.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)
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