Pechipogo strigilata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Synonyms/other combinations:
Polypogon strigilatus

Pechipogo strigilata: Adult [S] Pechipogo strigilata: Detail [S] Pechipogo strigilata: Adult (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [N] Pechipogo strigilata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2010) [S] Pechipogo strigilata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, autumn 2010) [S] Pechipogo strigilata: Larva in autumn (October) [S] Pechipogo strigilata: Larva [S] Pechipogo strigilata: Larva after the hibernation [S] Pechipogo strigilata: Pupa [S] Pechipogo strigilata: Larval habitat on the eastern Swabian Alb. I tapped larvae in autumn 2011 together with those of related species from dead oak leaves. [N] Pechipogo strigilata: Larval habitat on the eastern Swabian Alb. I tapped larvae in autumn 2011 together with those of related species from dead oak leaves. [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar feeds on leaves of shrubs and herbs, and of old plant parts, especially the fallen leaves.

Habitat:
Pechipogo strigilata inhabits forests (especially lighter ones) and sometimes also extended bushes zones.

Life cycle:
Pechipogo strigilata flies in a single or very rare aslo two generations. The moths are observed from mid-May to early July. The caterpillar overwinters in last instar. I found a fully-grown caterpillar in a Molinia-tuft (Schönbuch, Southern Germany) in mid-October 2008 which passed the winter in this instar. After hibernation it fed 8 days on Rubus leaves prior to pupation.
In the following years, I found many larvae especially on broken branches on the ground in the dead leaves and sometimes also on living oak branches that were interspersed with dead leaves (eastern Swabian Alb).

Remarks:
The distribution extends across the zone of deciduous forests from Europe (except the southern Mediterranean) across temperate Asia to eastern China and Japan.



Pechipogo plumigeralis 
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