Eupithecia innotata (Hufnagel, 1767)


Eupithecia innotata: Adult (e.l. Hoyerswerda, east Germany, larva in late September 2012) [S] Eupithecia innotata: Adult (e.l. Hoyerswerda, east Germany, larva in late September 2012) [S] Eupithecia innotata: Adult (e.l. Hoyerswerda, east Germany, larva in late September 2012) [S] Eupithecia innotata: Adult (e.l. Hoyerswerda, east Germany, larva in late September 2012) [S] Eupithecia innotata: Larva (Hoyerswerda, E-Germany, late September 2012) [M] Eupithecia innotata: Larva (Hoyerswerda, E-Germany, late September 2012) [S] Eupithecia innotata: Larva (Hoyerswerda, E-Germany, late September 2012) [S] Eupithecia innotata: Larva (Hoyerswerda, E-Germany, late September 2012) [S] Eupithecia innotata: Larva (Hoyerswerda, E-Germany, late September 2012) [S] Eupithecia innotata: Larva  (Markbynke - Hedestien, Danmark, September 2013, photo Kjeld Brem Sørensen) Eupithecia innotata: Larva  (Markbynke - Hedestien, Danmark, September 2013, photo Kjeld Brem Sørensen) Eupithecia innotata: Larval habitat in a sandy grassland with Artemisia campestris near Hoyerswerda (E-Germany, late September 2012) [N]

Host plants:
In early summer, the larvae feed on shrubs like Crataegus or Prunus, but in autumn only on flowers and seeds of Artemisia, e.g. A. vulgaris, A. alba and very often A. campestris.

Habitat:
Eupithecia innotata inhabits especially sandy, shrub-rich grasslands, hedges and woodland margins, but also dry and partly stony slopes etc.

Life cycle:
The moths occur in two generations between mid-April and early June and again from late July to September. The larvae are found from May to July and in September/October.

Endangerment factors:
Especially in Central Europe Eupithecia innotata is in decline due to loss of sandy grasslands.

Remarks:
Eupithecia innotata occurs from N-Africa across much of Europe (except S-Greece and central and northern Scandinavia) to Sibiria.



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