Cucullia gnaphalii (Hübner, [1813])


Cucullia gnaphalii: Adult (French southern Alps, late June 2014, photo: Emmanuel Ruiz) Cucullia gnaphalii: Adult (French southern Alps, late June 2014, photo: Emmanuel Ruiz) Cucullia gnaphalii: Larva (French southern Alps, 2014, photo: Emmanuel Ruiz)

Host plants:
The larvae feed on Solidago virgaureae. Literature also mentions some other Asteraceae like Aster species.

Habitat:
Cucullia gnaphalii inhabits open woodlands (woodland gap systems), inner and outer woodland edges as well as embankments and grassland margins or rocky slopes in wooded environments, especially in medium-high altitudes.

Life cycle:
The moths occur between May and July. The larvae develop from June to early September with peak in late July and early August.

Endangerment factors:
Cucullia gnaphalii is threatened by extinction in many regions. Besides global warming the most important factor is forestry (dense dark forest management, nitrogene deposition).

Remarks:
Cucullia gnaphalii occurs very locally in Europe and parts of temperate Asia to Mongolia and China.



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