Adscita geryon (Hübner, 1813)

Adscita geryon: Male [N] Adscita geryon: Mating (Großglockner-Hochalpenstraße, Austria, July 2009) [N] Adscita geryon: Adult (Valais, Switzerland) [N] Adscita geryon: Female [S] Adscita geryon: Ovae [S] Adscita geryon: Larva [N] Adscita geryon: Larva at Helianthemum alpestre (Swiss Alps, Engadine, Ofenpass, 2000m asl, 2008) [N] Adscita geryon: Larva (Kanisfluh, Vorarlberg, 1800m above sea level, May 2010) [M] Adscita geryon: Larva [M] Adscita geryon: Larva [M] Adscita geryon: Larva [M] Adscita geryon: Habitat in the Umbrailpass area (Switzerland) [N]

Host plants:
Helianthemum nummularium and other species of Helianthemum.

Adscita geryon colonizes limestone grasslands and alpine meadows and pastures up to 2300m above sea level.

Life cycle:
After hibernation the caterpillars are fully-grown between late April and mid-May. The moths fly from late June to mid-August.

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
Due to loss and improper maintenance of the habitats (overgrazing, pens, but also abandonment and following succession) Adscita geryon is endangered outside the Alps in Central Europe.

Adscita geryon is widespread in Europe, but is missing in the north. Outside Europe, it is known only from Northern Turkey.

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