Hoyosia cretica (Rebel, 1906)


Hoyosia cretica: Adult (Greece, Samos Island, Manolates, mid-May 2017) [M] Hoyosia cretica: Adult (Greece, Samos Island, Manolates, mid-May 2017) [M] Hoyosia cretica: Adult (Greece, Samos Island, Manolates, mid-May 2017) [M] Hoyosia cretica: Adult (Greece, Samos Island, Manolates, mid-May 2017) [M] Hoyosia cretica: Habitat (Greece, Samos Island, Manolates, mid-May 2017) [N]

Host plants:
The host plant is still unknown. Literature supposes oaks (especially Quercus coccifera). But because these have very hard and dry leaves in late summer I personally think that Arbutus could be involved as important host plant.

Habitat:
Hoyosia cretica inhabits Mediterranean maquis and dry open woodland.

Life cycle:
The moths occur in May and June (early July) and the larvae should develop until September. Supposedly the larva hibernates in the pupal cocoon and pupation occurs not until spring as in its congeners.

Remarks:
Hoyosia cretica is known locally from Greece (incl. Crete and some East Egean Islands) and Turkey.


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