Psilogaster loti (Ochsenheimer, 1810)


Psilogaster loti: Male (e.l. N-Portugal, larva in late October 2013) [S] Psilogaster loti: Male (e.l. N-Portugal, larva in late October 2013) [S] Psilogaster loti: Female (e.l. N-Portugal, larva in October 2013) [S] Psilogaster loti: Female (e.l. N-Portugal, larva in October 2013) [S] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013)  [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larva (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Cocoon (e.l. N-Portugal 2013/2014) [S] Psilogaster loti: Female pupa (e.l. N-Portugal 2013) [S] Psilogaster loti: Larval habitat (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larval habitat (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N] Psilogaster loti: Larval habitat (N-Portugal, national park Peneda-GerÍs, late October 2013) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed on Cistaceae, especially Cistus sp.

Habitat:
Psilogaster loti inhabits dry and warm, Cistus-rich habitats, so especially the Mediterranean garrigue and open mountain slopes.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates. The moths occur in several generations. The larvae live more singly, openly and are very conspicuous on the low Cistus shrubs. I recorded many larvae in and around the national park Peneda-GerÍs in northern Portugal in late October 2013.

Remarks:
Psilogaster loti occurs in the Iberian Peninsula and reaches locally the French east Pyrenees.