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Macrochilo cribrumalis (Hübner, 1793)

A rather common but local species.

The larva lives mainly on Carex but also on grasses. Hibernates as a part-grown larva in tussocks of vegetation and pupates in a cocoon at ground level among plant debris.

The adults fly in one generation a year; onwards from late May till late August. They are active at dusk and later come to light and sugar.

Belgium, Limburg, Kinrooi, 10 July 2004.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)
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