Eupithecia centaureata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Eupithecia centaureata: Adult in typical Ruhehaltung (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Eupithecia centaureata: Adult (e.l. Sardinia 2012) [S] Eupithecia centaureata: Adult [S] Eupithecia centaureata: Adult (e.l. Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Eupithecia centaureata: Larva (Sardinia, May 2012) [N] Eupithecia centaureata: Larva (Sardinia, May 2012) [S] Eupithecia centaureata: Larva (green form, the larva is extreme variable). Upper Rhine, September 2011. [M] Eupithecia centaureata: Larva on Artemisia campestris (Hoyerswerda, E-Germany, October 2012) [S] Eupithecia centaureata: Larva  (Røllike - Hjørnet Øst , Danmark, photo Kjeld Brem Sørensen) Eupithecia centaureata: Larva  (Smalbladet Høgeurt - Fuglsang hede - Stien, Danmark, 14. September 2013, photo Kjeld Brem Sørensen) Eupithecia centaureata: Pupa [S] Eupithecia centaureata: Larval habitat in Sardinia: flowery, broad field verges [N] Eupithecia centaureata: Larval habitat in a sandy grassland with Artemisia campestris near Hoyerswerda (E-Germany, late September 2012) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillars feed on various blossoms such as Senecio, Anthemis, Peucedanum, Knautia, Centaurea or Eupatorium. I found larvae in the green color variant on Hypericum perforatum (Upper Rhine, September 2011).

Eupithecia centaureata inhabits many open and semi-open, at most extensively cultivated habitats.

Life cycle:
The moths fly in usually two generations from late April to June and July to mid-September. The caterpillars are found then from June to October.

Endangerment factors:
Eupithecia centaureata is not endangered.

The distribution extends from north Africa across Europe to Mongolia.

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