Archiearis notha (Hübner, [1803])


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Host plants:
The caterpillar lives principally on poplars (Populus tremula).

Habitat:
Archiearis notha colonizes softwood rich woodlands, riparian forests and wetlands.

Life cycle:
The moths hibernate fully developed in the pupal case. They hatch in early spring from mid-February through April. The caterpillar lives between spun leaves.

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
Softwood is still everywhere opposed by the forestry as economically worthless. Floodplains have been almost completely destroyed, and the surviving remnants degenerate further (ground water drawdown, eutrophication).

Remarks:
The distribution reaches from Spain to Japan.



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