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Phtheochroa rugosana (Hübner, 1799)

A rare and local species in Belgium.

The larva lives at first on the spun flowers or immature berries of Bryonia, later inside a leaf spun to a stem, feeding on that stem. It hibernates full-fed in a cocoon in the earth. Pupation in this cocoon.

The adults fly from May till the end of July. They are active at dusk and occasionally come to light.

Belgium, West-Vlaanderen, Koksijde, 17 June 2005.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)
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