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Orthosia gothica (Linnaeus, 1758)

A common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives on different species of herbaceous plants, shrubs and deciduous trees like Quercus, Betula, Crataegus, Salix, Vaccinium and Rumex. Hibernates as a pupa in an underground cocoon.

The adults fly in one generation a year; from early March till late May. They come to light and sugar.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Kapellen, 01 April 2003.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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