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Lygephila pastinum (Treitschke, 1826)

A widespread but very rare species throughout  Belgium.

The larva lives on several herbaceous plants including Vicia cracca and Lathyrus palustris. Hibernates as a small larva and pupates in a cocoon on or just beneath the ground.

The adults fly in one generation a year; from late May till mid August. Ocasionally, a partial second generation occurs during September- early October. They are active from dusk onwards and later come to light.

Belgium, Namur, Ave-et-Auffe, 22 July 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)

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