Agrochola lota (Clerck, 1759)


Agrochola lota: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2008) [S] Agrochola lota: Adult [S] Agrochola lota: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2012) [S] Agrochola lota: Adult (e.l. Memmingen, Southern Germany) [S] Agrochola lota: Young larva (eastern Swabian Alb, late April 2012) [S] Agrochola lota: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [M] Agrochola lota: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, May 2008) [M] Agrochola lota: Larva (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2012) [S] Agrochola lota: Larva (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2012) [S] Agrochola lota: Larva (Memmingen, Southern Germany) [M] Agrochola lota: Pupa (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2012) [S] Agrochola lota: Larval habitat with high larval density in the Greek northern Pindhos range in May 2010. Here also occur many Catocala and Tetrix tuerki. [N] Agrochola lota: Larval habitat with old willows along a river (eastern Baden-Württemberg 2011) [N]

Host plants:
Salix species, more rarely also Populus.

Habitat:
Agrochola lota inhabits softwood rich wooded areas, particularly wet clearings, floodplains, wetlands and river banks. The larvae are found on both older and younger willows.

Life cycle:
The egg hibernates and the (young) larva can be tapped in May. Full grown it hides on the ground or in the trunk area, e.g. under bark. The caterpillar feeds from April to June and creates then the pupal shelter (mostly on the ground), but the pupation takes place only a few weeks later. The moth flies in the autumn (September to early November).

Remarks:
Agrochola lota is widespread and usually not uncommon. It occurs from the Maghreb across most of Europe and further across temperate Asia to the Altai.



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