Mythimna conigera (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)


Mythimna conigera: Adult (e.l. Upper Rhineebene 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Adult [S] Mythimna conigera: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Adult (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, e.l. 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Mythimna conigera: Adult [S] Mythimna conigera: Adult [S] Mythimna conigera: Adult [S] Mythimna conigera: Young larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2009). Typical for this species are the darkbrown young larvae and a distinct white dorsal stripe. With enough experience at least many Mythimna larvae can be determined. But the last proof will always be the breeding to the adult. [M] Mythimna conigera: Half-grown larva [S] Mythimna conigera: Half-grown larva (Upper Rhine, late October 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Half-grown larva (Upper Rhine 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, October 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva in penultimate instar (Kanisfluh, Vorarlberg, May 2010) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (e.l. Kanisfluh 2010) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (e.l. Kanisfluh 2010) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (e.l. Kanisfluh 2010) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2011) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva, heavily sketched (quite rare) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva (typical quite pale) [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva [S] Mythimna conigera: Larva [S] Mythimna conigera: Pupa [S] Mythimna conigera: Pupa [S] Mythimna conigera: Pupa [S] Mythimna conigera: Pupa [S] Mythimna conigera: Habitat on the eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany (many larval records, October 2011) [N] Mythimna conigera: Habitat on the Kanisfluh (W-Austria) in about 1800m above sea level (May 2011) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed on grasses (Poaceae), especially often on Festuca ovina agg.

Habitat:
Mythimna conigera is an ubiquist that can occur in almost all grassy and extensively managed areas. It lacks, like almost all species, in manure managed intensive grassland of todays ecologically dead farmland.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters and is observed in the autumn especially in October/early November and in the spring from March to May The moths fly from June to late August or even early September.

Remarks:
Mythimna conigera is distributed from Western Europe to Japan and often fairly common. It is found in the Alps in more dry places up to over 2000m, such as in the Valais.



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