Cucullia formosa Rogenhofer, 1860


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Host plants:
The larvae feed on Artemisia alba (= A. camphorata), rarely also on other Artemisia.

Habitat:
Cucullia formosa inhabits dry slopes and rocky grasslands.

Life cycle:
The moths fly quite late in the season between late July and September. The larvae are usually recorded in September and October. I even observed quite young larvae in mid-October 2013. Thus in some years larvae should still occur in early November.

Endangerment factors:
Cucullia formosa has alredy lost many sites due to reforestation after abandonment of extensive grazing.

Remarks:
Cucullia formosa occurs from Southern France very locally across the Southern Alps to the east to Greece and is also found in parts of Asia.



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