Catocala nymphagoga (Esper, 1787)


Catocala nymphagoga: Adult (e.l. Pindos near Grevena 2010) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Adult (e.l. Olympus 2011) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Adult (e.l. Olympus 2011) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Adult (e.l. Pindos 2010) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Adult (e.l. Pindos 2011) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Adult in daunting posture (e.l. Provence, France) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Adult in resting posture (e.l. Provence, France) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Larva at the end of the first instar (Olympus, May 2011) [M] Catocala nymphagoga: Young larva (Olympus, 1000m above sea level, May 2011) [M] Catocala nymphagoga: Half-grown larva (Provence, France) Catocala nymphagoga: Larva (Provence, France) Catocala nymphagoga: Larva (Provence, France) Catocala nymphagoga: Larva (Pindos, May 2010) [M] Catocala nymphagoga: Larva (Pindos, May 2010) [M] Catocala nymphagoga: Larva (head, Pindos, May 2010) [M] Catocala nymphagoga: Larva caudal (Pindos, May 2010) [M] Catocala nymphagoga: Larva (e.l. Olympus, May 2011) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Larva - head (Olympus, e.l. May 2011) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Larva caudal (Olympus, e.l. May 2011) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Pupa (Pindos, e.l. May 2010) [S] Catocala nymphagoga: Larval habitat in Northern Greece (May 2011) [N] Catocala nymphagoga: Larval habitat in 1000m asl in a holm oak forest in Sardinia in May 2012. Here occurred also some other Catocala. [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed on Quercus species. I tapped them from Quercus ilex in Provence and Sardinia. In Greece, I found the caterpillars on Quercus pubescens and Q. frainetto.

Habitat:
Catocala nymphagoga colonizes holm oak bush forests, Quercus pubescens scrub and woodlands as well as other bright and warm-dry oak forests.

Life cycle:
The egg overwinters. The caterpillars live from April to June. The moths fly from July to September. The caterpillars live mainly on low branches or even coppice of older oaks.

Remarks:
The Mediterranean distribution (north Africa, Asia Minor, Southern Europe) extends north to the southern edge of the Alps (e.g. Lake Garda).



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