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Euplexia lucipara (Linnaeus, 1758)

A rather common species throughout Belgium. Numbers vary much over the years.

The larva lives mainly on Pteridium aquilinum, but also on other ferns, herbaceous plants and even trees. Hibernates as a pupa underground.

The adults fly in one generation a year: from early May till mid August. Sometimes a partial second generation occurs during September. They come to light and sugar.

Belgium, Antwerpen, Zoersel, 24 June 2005.
(Photo © Wim Veraghtert)
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