A not so common and local species throughout Belgium. It is more
recorded on sandy soils and always in low numbers.
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.
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.
Limburg, Kinrooi, 31 Augustus 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)