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Ptilophora plumigera ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

A very rare species in Belgium, only known from the southern part but sometimes locally common.

The larva lives mainly on Acer campestre but has also been found on Acer pseudoplatanus. The eggs are laid on bare twigs on the food plant and hibernates. 

The adults fly from late October till well into December. They come to light, and the males arrives much earlier in the night than the females.

Belgium, Namur, Lavaux-Ste-Anne, 11 November 2006.
male (Photo © Chris Steeman)
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