Mythimna l-album (Linnaeus, 1767)


Mythimna l-album: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2008) [S] Mythimna l-album: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, May 2010) [S] Mythimna l-album: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb) [S] Mythimna l-album: Young larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, February 2007) [M] Mythimna l-album: Young larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, February 2007) [S] Mythimna l-album: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb) [M] Mythimna l-album: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb) [M] Mythimna l-album: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2007) [S] Mythimna l-album: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2007) [S] Mythimna l-album: Larva (South Tyrol, May 2011) [S] Mythimna l-album: Larva (South Tyrol 2011) [S] Mythimna l-album: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb 2008) [M] Mythimna l-album: Pupa  [S] Mythimna l-album: Habitat on the eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany: rocky nutrient-poor grassland (2011) [N] Mythimna l-album: Habitat on the eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany: limestone grassland with single rocks or other open ground spots (2011). [N] Mythimna l-album: Habitat in an embankment (Steigerwald, N-Bavaria) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillars live on grasses. I found them on Bromus erectus, Arrhenaterum elatius, Festuca ovina agg. and Brachypodium pinnatum (Swabian Alb).

Habitat:
Mythimna l-album inhabits warm, dry grasslands, sunny slopes and similar, gappy vegetated habitats.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters. In the Swabian Alb, I shook it from grass clumps, for example, in February 2007 and May 2005, still quite small on a small overhang on a slope in a limestone grassland. The moths are on the wing from May to September mainly in two generations, of which the second may be only partial in the mountains.

Remarks:
Mythimna l-album is widespread in Southern Europe and extends in Central Europe approximately to the northern edge of the medium high mountains. Further north Mythimna l-album occurs only as a rare migrant. In addition, it is found from northwestern Africa to Central Asia.



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