common species throughout Belgium.
larva feeds from a dense, untidy spinning, preferring dead or withered
leaves, of mainly Ligustrum, but also on a great variety
of plants like Syringa, Hedera, Lonicera, Polygonum,
Malus, Carpinus, Crataegus, Cotoneaster,
and probably many others. It hibernates in the third instar. Pupation
takes place in the larval feeding place.
adults have been observed from the end of May till the end of August. A
partial second generation occurs in September and some individuals can
be seen till late October. The moths are active in afternoon and
evening and later come to light.
Antwerpen, Mortsel, 07 July 2003.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)