Leucania zeae (Duponchel, 1827)


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Host plants:
The caterpillar feeds primarily on grasses, apparently particularly Phragmites and also corn.

Habitat:
Leucania zeae inhabits warm, low-lying habitats with grasses, often in xerothermic environments, e.g. river beds and banks, oases, coastal areas, but also cultivated zones.

Life cycle:
According to literature, Leucania zeae has two generations (one in spring and early summer and another in autumn) in Southern Europe. The larva hibernates.

Remarks:
Leucania zeae occurs in Southern Europe, North Africa and parts of Asia to China. I thank Christian Siegel (Hohenems, Austria) for the photographed breeding material.



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