Eilema sororcula (Hufnagel, 1766)


Eilema sororcula: Male (river Iller near Maria Steinbach, SW-Bavaria, late April 2014) [N] Eilema sororcula: Adult (southern Baden-Württemberg, May 2010) [N] Eilema sororcula: Adult [N] Eilema sororcula: Female sitting in the grass below an old oak some 30 meters away from the woodland margin (NE-Germany, late May 2013) [N] Eilema sororcula: Female in the understory of an oak-birch woodland in NE-Germany in late May 2013 [N] Eilema sororcula: Eggs (e.o. NE-Germany 2013)  [S] Eilema sororcula: Young larva (e.o. NE-Germany 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: Young larvae (e.o. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NE-Germany, 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: Half-grown larva (e.l. NE-Germany 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: Larva (e.o. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NE-Germany, 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: Larva (e.o. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NE-Germany, 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: Larva (e.o. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NE-Germany, 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: Larva (e.o. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NE-Germany, 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: Larva (e.o. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NE-Germany, 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: Larva (e.o. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, NE-Germany, 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: Pupa (e.o. NE-Germany 2013) [S] Eilema sororcula: The species inhabits deciduous woodland of all kinds (NE-Germany, late May 2013) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feeds on algae, mosses and lichens, especially on deciduous or dead wood.

Habitat:
Eilema sororcula is a resident of mixed deciduous forests of all kinds.

Life cycle:
Eilema sororcula Eilema overwinters as the only European Eilema species as a pupa and flies in May and June. I found the mature caterpillar on branches of deciduous trees in August.

Endangerment factors:
Eilema sororcula is widely distributed and usually common.

Remarks:
Eilema sororcula can be found from Northern Spain across much of the non-Arctic Europe to East Asia.



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