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Celaena haworthii Curtis, 1829

A very rare and local species in Belgium, restricted to wet biotopes and occuring in two disjunct areas; in Flanders and in the south of the country.

The larva lives on various grasses and Juncaceae including Eriophorum angustifolium, Eriophorum vaginatum, Luzula campestris and also on Iris pseudacorus. Hibernates as an egg and pupates in a cocoon on the ground.

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

Belgium, Antwerpen, Viersel, 12 July 2005.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)
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