Lasionycta proxima (Hübner, 1809)


Lasionycta proxima: Adult (e.l. Valais, Switzerland) [S] Lasionycta proxima: Adult (e.l. Valais 2008) [S] Lasionycta proxima: Adult (e.l. Valais 2008) [S] Lasionycta proxima: Half-grown larva (Valais, April 2009) [M] Lasionycta proxima: Half-grown larva [S] Lasionycta proxima: Fully-grown larva (e.l. Valais 2008) [S] Lasionycta proxima: Larva [S] Lasionycta proxima: Larva [S] Lasionycta proxima: Larva (Valais 2008) [M] Lasionycta proxima: Fully-grown larva (e.l. Valais 2008) [S] Lasionycta proxima: Pupa [S] Lasionycta proxima: Pupa dorsal [S] Lasionycta proxima: Habitat at larval time (Valais, Switzerland) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives polyphagous on herbaceous plants as well as small shrubs. In addition, it is found also on grasses. I observed many young caterpillars in 1400m above sea level in the Valais in April 2009 resting at Festuca-tufts, together with those of Epipsilia grisescens.

Habitat:
Lasionycta proxima occurs in moutains and is found there from the valleys up to 2500m above sea level in varius habitats (dwarf shrub belt, pastures, rocky slopes, etc.). I found a fully-grown caterpillar in April 2008 on rocky slope in low elevation in Valais under dead leaves under a rosebush and many young caterpillars in a stony, gappy embankment in 2009 (see above).

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters and is mature between April and June (depending on altitude). The moths fly from June to August or September.

Remarks:
The distribution extends locally through the mountains of Europe and Fennoscandia. Lasionycta proxima is found in Asia. In Germany it is limited to the Alps and some Mountain (Black Forest, resin, etc.)



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