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Cucullia umbratica (Linnaeus, 1758)

A rather common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives on a variety of herbaceous plants but mainly on Sonchus. Hibernates as a pupa in a tough cocoon underground, sometimes for several years.

The adults fly in two generations a year; from May till mid October. Individuals of the first generation are more numerous than the second one. They come to light.

Belgium, West-Vlaanderen, Koksijde, 17 June 2005.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)
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