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Lacanobia thalassina (Hufnagel, 1766)

A not so common and local species throughout Belgium. It is more recorded on sandy soils and always in low numbers. 

The larva lives on a variety of herbaceous plants and shrubs, like Quercus, Salix, Crataegus, Populus tremula, Berberis and Lonicera. The larva eats at night and hides amongst vegetation during the day. Hibernates as a pupa in an underground cocoon.

The adults fly in two generations from May till late September. The second generation is partial and doesn't occur every year. They come to light and sugar.

Belgium, Limburg, Kinrooi, 31 Augustus 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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