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Lithophane ornitopus (Hufnagel, 1766)

A rare species in Belgium, mainly known from the Kempen and the southern part of Belgium. 

The larva lives on various deciduous trees, but mainly on Quercus, and like other Lithophane species is known for its cannibalistic behaviour. It pupates in a sturdy cocoon underground. Hibernates as an adult under loose bark or in another sheltered situation.

The adults fly mainly in September and October, sometimes till December, and after hibernation again in March till the end of April. They are active from dusk onwards and later come to light and sugar.

Belgium, Namur, Lessive, 22 September 2006.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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