Ocnogyna zoraida (Graslin, [1837])


Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Male (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Female (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Female (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Female (e.l. east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, larva in July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Mating (e.l. Teruel 2013/2014) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Egg batch (e.l. breeding Teruel 2013/2014) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Young larva (breeding photo ex Teruel 2013/2014) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Half-grown larva (breeding photo ex Teruel 2013/2014) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Half-grown larva (breeding photo ex Teruel 2013/2014) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Half-grown larva (breeding photo ex Teruel 2013/2014) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Half-grown larva (breeding photo ex Teruel 2013/2014) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Larva (east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Larva (east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Larva (east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Larva (east Spain, Teruel, Javalambre, July 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Pupa (e.l. Javalambre 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Kremaster of pupa (e.l. Javalambre 2013) [S] Ocnogyna zoraida: Larval habitat near Teruel (east Spain, July 2013) [N] Ocnogyna zoraida: Larval habitat in east Spain in July 2013 [N] Ocnogyna zoraida: Larval habitat on mount Javalambre near Teruel in July 2013 [N]

Host plants:
The larvae are polyphagous in the herb layer. I found a few larvae feeding in an inflorescence of a pad-like Artemisia species.

Habitat:
Ocnogyna zoraida inhabits nutrient-poor grasslands and pastures, mountain slopes and rocky areas.

Life cycle:
The moths are on the wing between April and early August (according to altitude). Oviposition usually occurs in one large, loose batch. The larvae occur between May and early September. They are usually mature in medium-high altitudes in July. They are most often active at night, but sometimes - especially in hot weather - also during daytime. I recorded the mature larvae often crossing streets, partly also feeding. The pupa hibernates.

Remarks:
Ocnogyna zoraida is mostly restricted to the Iberian Peninsula, but misses there in the northwestern part. It just reaches France in the eastern Pyrenees.



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