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Caradrina morpheus (Hufnagel, 1766)

A rather common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives on different species of herbaceous plants like Urtica, Galium, Rumex, Hupulus and Taraxacum. Hibernates as a fully grown larva in a cocoon underground, in which it pupates in the spring.

The adults fly in one generation a year; from mid May onwards till late July, but in favourable years a partial second generation may occur till late October. The species is attracted to light.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Kapellen, 15 June 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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