Lithophane ornitopus (Hufnagel, 1766)


Lithophane ornitopus: Adult (Strom- und Heuchelberg, Baden-Württemberg, 30/09/2011) [M] Lithophane ornitopus: Adult (Strom- und Heuchelberg, Baden-Württemberg, 30/09/2011) [M] Lithophane ornitopus: Adult (Ostalb) [S] Lithophane ornitopus: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb) [M] Lithophane ornitopus: Larva (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb) [S] Lithophane ornitopus: Larval habitat in an oak-rich grassland area of the eastern Swabian Alb [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed on Quercus species (oak).

Habitat:
Lithophane ornitopus colonizes open forests, forest edges and grasslands with oaks. It occasionally occurs even in urban areas when oaks are available.

Life cycle:
The adults fly overwintering from September to mid-May. I found them in autumn resting on dead leaves of a large broken oak branch. The caterpillars are found from May to June. They can be tapped from larger oak branches.

Remarks:
Lithophane ornitopus is widespread in Central and Southern Europe. It also occurs in Northwest Africa and Asia to the Amur region.



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