Eupithecia icterata (de Villers, 1789)


Eupithecia icterata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, 2010) [S] Eupithecia icterata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Eupithecia icterata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Eupithecia icterata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Eupithecia icterata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, early October 2010) [M] Eupithecia icterata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, October 2010) [M] Eupithecia icterata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, October 2010) [M] Eupithecia icterata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, October 2010) [M] Eupithecia icterata: Pupa [S] Eupithecia icterata: Larval habitat in a nutrient-poor grassland on the eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives on the leaves, flowers and fruits of yarrow (Achillea millefolium).

Habitat:
Eupithecia icterata inhabits grasslands, dams and other extensive, fairly dry locations of the widespread larval host plant.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates. The moths fly from late June to mid-September, with a focus on late July and August. The caterpillars are found from August to October (maximum in late September/early October). I found caterpillars in grasslands of the eastern Swabian Alb in cloudy or foggy weather resting on the plant during the day in early October 2010. The caterpillars are fully-grown more active at night.

Remarks:
Eupithecia icterata is widespread in Europe and is also found in Western Asia (about Turkey).



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