Eupithecia tenerifensis (Rebel, 1906)


Eupithecia tenerifensis: Adult (e.l. La Palma 2010) [S] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Female (e.l. La Palma, December 2010) [S] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Male (e.l. northern La Palma, found at Rumex maderensis, December 2010) [S] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Adult (e.l. La Gomera) [S] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Young larva (La Palma, December 2011) [M] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larva (La Palma 2010) [M] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larva (La Palma, December 2010) [M] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larva (La Palma, December 2010) [M] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larva (La Palma, December 2010) [M] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larva (La Palma 2012) [M] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larva (La Palma 2012) [N] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larva (La Palma, December 2012) [M] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larva (La Gomera) [M] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larval habitat with Rumex maderensis in La Palma in December 2010 [N] Eupithecia tenerifensis: Larval habitat with Rumex lunaria in La Palma in December 2012 [N]

Host plants:
The species feeds especially on Rumex lunaria, but also Rumex maderensis and other herbaceous plants.

Habitat:
Eupithecia tenerifensis colonizes ravines (barrancos), forest edges, dry slopes, moist clearings and many other places where Rumex lunaria or other host plants occur.

Life cycle:
The moths can be observed throughout the year, but occur especially common in the winter half of the year. The caterpillars are also found throughout the year. A part of the pupae aestivate and releases the moths not until the autumn.

Endangerment factors:
On some islands the habitat for the indigenous nature already dwindled sharply due to the extreme urban sprawl (Tenerife, Gran Canaria) or intensive agricultural use (La Palma: banana plantations) of the coastal regions. But Eupithecia tenerifensis is relatively adaptable and still one of the more common ones.

Remarks:
Eupithecia tenerifensis is found on the western Canary Islands and Gran Canaria.



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