rare species in Belgium, mainly known from the Kempen and the
southern part of Belgium.
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.
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.
Namur, Lessive, 22 September 2006.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)