Charanyca trigrammica (Hufnagel, 1766)

Charanyca trigrammica: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb) [S] Charanyca trigrammica: Adult with antennae blowing in the wind (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, June 2012) [N] Charanyca trigrammica: Larva in November 2008 (eastern Swabian Alb, Herbrechtingen) [M] Charanyca trigrammica: Larva [M] Charanyca trigrammica: Larva [S] Charanyca trigrammica: Pupa [S] Charanyca trigrammica: Habitat in a bushy grassland area in the eastern Swabian Alb at flight time (early summer 2006) [N]

Host plants:
The larva feeds on grasses and especially herbs. It is found on the ground at least in older instars.

Charanyca trigrammica inhabits various open to semi-open habitats such as wet meadows, extensive mowed meadows and ruderal terrains. I know Charanyca trigrammica from bushy limestone grasslands of the Swabian Alb.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters quite mature. I found still feeding caterpillars in November during the day in the sunshine in a xerothermic grassland with rose bushes on the ground, almost hidden between a rock and Potentilla neumanniana or in the base of Festuca guestfahlica.

Endangerment factors:
Charanyca trigrammica is endangered only weakly.

Charanyca trigrammica colonizes large parts of Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus.

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