Eupithecia venosata (Fabricius, 1787)


Eupithecia venosata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2008) [S] Eupithecia venosata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb) [S] Eupithecia venosata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb 2008) [S] Eupithecia venosata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb 2008) [S]

Host plants:
The caterpillars live mostly in the flowers and fruits of Silene vulgaris, or more rarely other Silene species.

Habitat:
Eupithecia venosata inhabits forest edges, grasslands, extensive meadows and other places with the larval host plant.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates and the moths fly from late May to early August. The caterpillars are found from late June to late August (peak in July). I found them on the Swabian Alb often in Silene vulgaris samples together with Hadena perplexa and Sideridis rivularis.

Remarks:
Eupithecia venosata is quite widespread in Europe and Asia Minor.



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