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Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (Hübner, 1813)

A fairly common species in Belgium.

The larva feeds on Stachys sylvatica, Ononis spp., Mentha spp., Geranium spp., Chenopodium spp., Calluna or Erica. It lives on the flowers and the unripe seeds. Pupation on the flower-stalk, amongst the flowers or seeds, resembling a dead flower. 

The first generation flies in June and July, the second generation in August and September, and after hibernation again in April and May. The adults are active at dusk and night and come readily to light.

Belgium, Antwerpen, Kapellen, 25 September 2006.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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