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Xestia c-nigrum (Linnaeus, 1758)

A very common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives on different species of herbaceous plants, preferably on Urtica. Hibernates as a larva and pupates in a loose cocoon underground.

The adults fly in two, sometimes three generations a year; from mid April towards late November. They come to light and sugar.

Belgium, Namur, Lavaux Ste.-Anne, 27 August 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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