Cucullia verbasci (Linnaeus, 1758)

Cucullia verbasci: Adult [S] Cucullia verbasci: Adult [S] Cucullia verbasci: Adult (e.l. Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Cucullia verbasci: Larva, very weakly sketchede form (Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [M] Cucullia verbasci: Larva (Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [M] Cucullia verbasci: Larva (N-Greece) [N] Cucullia verbasci: Larva (Memmingen, June 2011) [N] Cucullia verbasci: Feeding pattern at Verbascum thapsus [N]

Host plants:
The larvae mostly feed on Verbascum species, but besides also Buddleia and Scrophularia.

Cucullia verbasci inhabits open land, forest edges, nutrient-poor grasslands, gravel pits, dams, ruderal areas and other locations of the larval host plant. The moth also penetrates in gardens with Buddleia davidii (larval records near Memmingen/Germany).

Life cycle:
The moths, which are partly developed in the pupa already in the autumn, emerge between April and June. The caterpillar lives from late May to July.

Endangerment factors:
Cucullia verbasci is still relatively widespread and despite of significant declines not seriously threatened.

The distribution ranges from Northwest Africa across Europe to Central Asia.

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