Mythimna albipunctata (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)


Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. Upper Rhineebene, 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. Upper Rhineebene, 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Adult [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Young larva (Upper Rhine Valley, sandy grassland north of Karlsruhe, September 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Young larva (Upper Rhine, September 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Young larva (Upper Rhine, September 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Half-grown larva (Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Half-grown larva (Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Half-grown larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Half-grown larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Half-grown larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd, October 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Half-grown larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Half-grown larva (Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Half-grown larva (Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (heavily sketched, Fränkische Alb, Bavaria) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, very weakly sketched) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb) [N] Mythimna albipunctata: Pupa (e.l. northern Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Pupa [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Pupa [S] Mythimna albipunctata: Habitat: limestone grassland on the Swabian Alb, 2011 [N] Mythimna albipunctata: Larval habitat in the Upper Rhine Valley (October 2011) [N] Mythimna albipunctata: Larval habitat: remnant of a limestone grassland on the eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany (October 2011) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillars live on grasses (Poaceae).

Habitat:
The widespread and often common species colonizes many grassy and not too intensively managed, rather dry habitats like limestone or sand grasslands, woodland edges or embankments.

Life cycle:
Mythimna albipunctata flies in two generations from May to September. The caterpillars overwinter and are observed especially in autumn from September to November and again in the spring between March and early May. In summer, they are likely to be found around July.

Remarks:
Mythimna albipunctata occurs from Northwest Africa across Europe (absent in the north) to the Altai.



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