Macaria alternata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Macaria alternata: Adult [S] Macaria alternata: Adult [S] Macaria alternata: Half-grown larva [M] Macaria alternata: Larva (dark form, there are also greenish individuals) [S]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives quite polyphagous on deciduous woods (Salix, Rhamnus, Betula, etc.), but it seems to prefer Prunus spinosa.

Macaria alternata inhabits forest edges and clearings, scrub and hedgerows of all kinds.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates and the moths fly in mostly two overlapping generations from late April to late August. I tapped the caterpillar in early August in the Swabian Jura from blackthorn.

Macaria alternata is widespread in Europe and temperate Asia.

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