Hemithea aestivaria (Hübner, [1789])

Hemithea aestivaria: Adult [S] Hemithea aestivaria: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, 2009) [S] Hemithea aestivaria: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, on oak) [M] Hemithea aestivaria: Larva [S] Hemithea aestivaria: Larva dorsal-cranial [S] Hemithea aestivaria: Larva lateral-cranial [S] Hemithea aestivaria: Pupa [S]

Host plants:
The caterpillars live primarily on oak (Quercus). In addition, it finds itself sometimes on other deciduous trees such as Prunus, Salix or Alnus.

Hemithea aestivaria inhabits forest edges, oak-rich and dry slopes and other locations. Occasionally it reproduces in gardens.

Life cycle:
The moths fly in a single generation from late May to early August. The caterpillar overwinters and is mature in May.

Hemithea aestivaria has a Holarctic distribution (Europe, temperate Asia, North America). In Central Europe it is often quite common especially in lower elevations.