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Pandemis cerasana (Hübner, 1786)

A very common, and also very variable species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives in a folded leaf or between spun leaves of a great variety of plants: Acer, Alnus glutinosa, Corylus, Quercus, Salix, Vaccinium, Tilia, Betula, Ulmus, Lysimachia and Sorbus. Some larvae hatch in late summer and hibernate in a spinning on a twig. Others hatch in spring, feeding first in a bud and then on a leaf. Pupation in a whitish cocoon in a folded leaf or the larval habitation.

The adults fly from early May till the end of September. They are active from dusk and later frequently come to light.

Belgium, Limburg, Kinrooi, 12 June 2004.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)
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