Aegle semicana (Esper, 1798)


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Host plants:
The larvae feed on Consolida species.

Habitat:
Aegle semicana inhabits dry and hot steppe areas, rockyslopes, pastures and herb-rich, traditionally managed fields.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates. The moths occur in one or two generations between May and September. I recorded numerous larvae in an dry and hot sheep pasture near Melnik in SW-Bulgaria in late July 2015 by collecting flowering Consolida.

Remarks:
Aegle semicana occurs in SE-Europe (NW to E-Austria) as wellasin parts of Italy, N-Africa and W-Asia.


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