Eupithecia extraversaria Herrich-Schäffer, [1852]


Eupithecia extraversaria: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Eupithecia extraversaria: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Eupithecia extraversaria: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Eupithecia extraversaria: Larva (pale form, eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [M] Eupithecia extraversaria: Larva (pale form, eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [M] Eupithecia extraversaria: Larva rich in contrast at Bupleurum falcatum (Belgien: Han-sur-Lesse, 21/07/2008, Photo: Jean-Yves Baugnée) Eupithecia extraversaria: Habitat: Peucedanum cervaria on the eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillars feed on flowers and fruits of various Apiaceae: Pimpinella saxifraga, Bupleurum, Pastinaca, Angelica and particularly often Peucedanum. I found many larvae on a steppe-like slope on the eastern Swabian Alb on Peucedanum cervaria.

Habitat:
Eupithecia extraversaria inhabits dry and warm habitats such as calcareous grasslands and dry woodland edges in open forest.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates. The moths fly in mid-summer (June to early August). The caterpillars are found from late July to early September. They are highly variable and often marked contrast-rich. But my larvae on the eastern Swabian Alb were whitish-pale, probably as an adaptation to the flowers of Peucedanum cervaria.

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
Eupithecia extraversaria is endangered due to the decline of grasslands and due to improper maintenance (pens, etc.) this rather demanding.

Remarks:
The distribution extends across parts of Southern and Central Europe east to southern Russia.



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