Macaria liturata (Clerck, 1759)


Macaria liturata: Male (e.l. Sestriere, Cottian Alps, larva in September 2012 on Larix) [S] Macaria liturata: Female (e.l. Sestriere, larva in September 2012) [S] Macaria liturata: Male (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Macaria liturata: Female [S] Macaria liturata: Larva (Sestriere, Cottian Alps, September 2012, on Larix) [M] Macaria liturata: Larva (Sestriere, Cottian Alps, September 2012, on Larix) [M] Macaria liturata: Larva (Sestriere, Cottian Alps, September 2012, on Larix) [M] Macaria liturata: Larva at spruce (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, August 2011) [M] Macaria liturata: Larva at spruce (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, August 2011) [M] Macaria liturata: Larval habitat (Sestriere, Cottian Alps, September 2012) [S]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives on conifers like Picea, Abies alba, Larix and Pinus species. Obviously pine is preferred.

Habitat:
Macaria liturata inhabits forests, grasslands with pine, moors and other coniferous locations.

Life cycle:
Macaria liturata has a very elongated generation from late April to early August. The caterpillars are usually found from July to September. They should also have been detected in June. The pupa usually hibernates under moss or in the leaf litter, rarer also the prepupa.

Remarks:
Macaria liturata is one of the most common species in Central Europe. The overall distribution ranges from Europe to east Asia.



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