Elaphria venustula (Hübner, 1790)


Elaphria venustula: Larva (northern Upper Rine Valley near Phillipsburg, mid-August 2013) [M] Elaphria venustula: Larva (northern Upper Rine Valley near Phillipsburg, mid-August 2013) [S] Elaphria venustula: Larva (northern Upper Rine Valley near Phillipsburg, mid-August 2013) [S] Elaphria venustula: Larva (northern Upper Rine Valley near Phillipsburg, mid-August 2013) [S] Elaphria venustula: Larva (northern Upper Rine Valley near Phillipsburg, mid-August 2013) [S] Elaphria venustula: Larva (northern Upper Rine Valley near Phillipsburg, mid-August 2013) [S] Elaphria venustula: Larva (northern Upper Rine Valley near Phillipsburg, mid-August 2013) [S] Elaphria venustula: Larval habitat in the northern Upper Rhine Valley (Phillipsburg, mid-August 2013) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae are polyphagous especially on flowers, often on Rosaceae such as Rosa, Potentilla or Rubus. I have beaten a larva from flowering Fallopia dumetorum, together with Drypterygia scabriuscula and Trachea atriplicis (northern Upper Rhine Valley).

Habitat:
Elaphria venustula inhabits shrubby habitats of all kinds, e.g. woodland margins and clearings, bushy grasslands, dry slopes or wetlands.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates and the moths are on the wing in a single generation between May and early August. The larvae mainly feed between late June and late September.

Remarks:
Elaphria venustula occurs in Europe (without the Far North) and temperate Asia to Japan.


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