Eulithis pyraliata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Synonyms/other combinations:
Gandaritis pyraliata

Eulithis pyraliata: Adult in resting posture (e.l. Memmingen 2010) [S] Eulithis pyraliata: Adult (e.l. Memmingen 2010) [S] Eulithis pyraliata: Larva (Iller near Memmingen, May 2010) [M] Eulithis pyraliata: Larva (Iller near Memmingen, May 2010) [M] Eulithis pyraliata: Larva (Iller near Memmingen, May 2010) [S] Eulithis pyraliata: Pupa [S] Eulithis pyraliata: Pupa [S] Eulithis pyraliata: Pupa prior to emergence [S]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives on Galium species. I found it on Galium album near Memmingen (Southern Germany).

Habitat:
Eulithis pyraliata inhabits extensively managed, only little fertilized meadows, embankments, dams, herb vegetation and woodland edges, preferably in the mesophilic range.

Life cycle:
The egg overwinters. The caterpillar lives from April until June, at high altitudes even up to the beginning of July. The moths fly in warm regions since the end of May, but usually only from mid-June to early August. Individuals are encountered at higher elevations until early September.

Remarks:
Eulithis pyraliata is distributed across most of Europe and temperate Asia to China.



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