Pelosia muscerda (Hufnagel, 1766)


Pelosia muscerda: Adult (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Adult (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Adult (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Adult (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Adult (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Young larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Young larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Half-grown larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Half-grown larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Half-grown larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Larva (breading photo with material from Finland) [S] Pelosia muscerda: Pupa (breading photo ex Finland 2015) [S]

Host plants:
Under rearing conditions the larvae feed on lichens, algae and mosses and also accept soft plant parts (e.g. Taraxacum leaves).

Habitat:
Pelosia muscerda inhabits wet woodlands and grove-rich wetlands in favourable mild climates.

Life cycle:
The larva hibernates and moths occur between June and September with peak in July and August.

Endangerment factors:
Pelosia muscerda is endangered due to intensifications in forestry (dark forest management, dense afforestations, allochthonous trees) and destroyment of wetlands (dewatering, agriculture, fertilization, overbuilding).

Remarks:
Pelosia muscerda occurs from northern Spain across parts of Europe (misses in the Arctic North and the extreme South) to east Asia.