Omphalophana anatolica (Lederer, 1857)


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Host plants:
The larvae feed on flowers and fruits of Dipsacaceae, so Scabiosa and Knautia species, probably also on related genera.

Habitat:
Omphalophana anatolica inhabits dry and hot nutrient-poor grasslands, garigues, pastures and similar places with the host plants. These habitats are often interspersed with rocks and scrub.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates in Calophasia-like cocoon. The moths occur in one generation between late March and June (according to year and site).
Near Delphi in Central Greece, I recorded mature larvae on Scabiosa especially along a rocky embankment already in early May 2016 (hot spring in Greece). Generally the larvae develop between mid-April and July. I also recorded young larvae in Samos Island in mid-May 2017.
They can easily been found resting on stems or in the inflorescences.

Remarks:
Omphalophana anatolica occurs from Italy across the Balkan Peninsula and Asia Minor at least to Iran.


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