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Catocala sponsa (Linnaeus, 1767)

A rare species in the southern part of Belgium, sometimes observed as a vagrant in the northern provinces.

The larva lives on Quercus. Hibernates as an egg on the food plant. Pupates in a cocoon spun between leaves.

The adults fly in one generation a year; from mid July onwards till mid September. They come to light, but especially to sugar.

Belgium, Namur, Doische, 26 August 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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