Eupithecia carpophagata Staudinger, 1871


Eupithecia carpophagata: Adult (e.l. Alpes-Maritimes ex 2010) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Adult (e.l. Alpes-Maritimes ex 2010) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Adult (e.l. Alpes-maritimes, Isola, ex July 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Adult (e.l. Alpes-Maritimes, Isola, ex July 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Adult (e.l. Alpes-Maritimes 2010) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Adult (e.l. Phalakro mountain, Greece, larva in July 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Adult (e.l. Phalakro mountain, Greece, larva in July 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Adult (e.l. Phalakro mountain, Greece, larva in July 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Egg on Silene saxifraga (Phalakro, Greece, July 2011) [N] Eupithecia carpophagata: Egg on Silene saxifraga (Phalakro, Greece, July 2011) [N] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larva (e.l. Phalakro 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larva (e.l. Phalakro 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larva (e.l. Phalakro 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larva (e.l. Phalakro 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larva (Cuneo, 2500m above sea level, mid-August 2010) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larva (Cuneo, 2500m above sea level, mid-August 2010) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larva, Alpes-Maritimes, 2300m above sea level, July 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larva (Alpes-Maritimes, 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larva (Alpes-Maritimes, 2011) [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Pupa [S] Eupithecia carpophagata: Habitat in the Alpi marittime (Cuneo, 2500m above sea level, August 2010). Further habitat photos see under Hadena clara. Hadena clara. [N] Eupithecia carpophagata: Larval habitat on Mount Phalakro in July 2011 [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives on Silene species, according to literature on Silene saxifraga and S. rupestris. I found it common in the Italian Alps at 2500m above sea level on Silene cordifolia in mid-August 2010. Additionally I observed eggs and larvae in the northern Greek Phalakro mountains in July 2011 on Silene saxifraga.

Habitat:
Eupithecia carpophagata colonized rocky terrain, dry slopes and rocky or dry grassland-like forest edges.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates. The moths fly from late May to early August in a single generation. The caterpillar is found from late June to September. It feeds on flowers and seeds of the Silene species.

Remarks:
Eupithecia carpophagata is distributed in some European mountains: eastern Pyrenees, Central and Southern Alps, the French Massif Central, central Apennines, Balkan Peninsula.

On calcareous rocks, the moths are brighter.



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