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Clepsis consimilana (Hübner, 1817)

A common species throughout Belgium.

The 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.

The 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.

Belgium, Antwerpen, Mortsel, 07 July 2003.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)
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