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Pempelia palumbella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

A rather rare species of Belgium.

The larva lives in a tubular, frass-covered web on Erica, Calluna, Polygala or Thymus. Pupation takes place in a thick white cocoon in the earth or at the base of the food plant.

The adults fly from mid June till August. They are active at dusk and later come to light.

France, Ardèche, Cévennes, 17 June 2007.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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