Scopula marginepunctata (Goeze, 1781)


Scopula marginepunctata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Scopula marginepunctata: Adult (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [N] Scopula marginepunctata: Adult (e.l. Vinschgau 2012) [S] Scopula marginepunctata: Adult (e.l. Vinschgau 2012) [S] Scopula marginepunctata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, April 2010) [M] Scopula marginepunctata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, April 2010) [M] Scopula marginepunctata: Larva (Vinschgau, March 2012) [S] Scopula marginepunctata: Larva (Vinschgau, March 2012) [S] Scopula marginepunctata: Pupa (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Scopula marginepunctata: Typical larval habitat on a rocky limestone grassland. Here occasionally larvae are observed on herbs on rock (April 2008) [N] Scopula marginepunctata: Habitat in the spring at larval time (eastern Swabian Alb, April 2008) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar is polyphagous in the herb layer and has also been recorded on woody plants. I found it along with those of Scopula ornata at Thymus pulegioides (eastern Swabian Alb) and in South Tyrol on Sanguisorba minor.

Habitat:
Scopula marginepunctata inhabits stony, shrubbery rich grasslands, unused quarries, vineyard slopes and walls, rocky, bushy terrain, shrub-rich sandy grasslands and similar locations.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters. The moths fly according to their habitat in 2 to 3 generations from late April to early October.

Endangerment: regionally endangered or decreasing

Endangerment factors:
Scopula marginepunctata is only slightly endangered, as it is recorded quite regularly in appropriate habitats. Nevertheless, many populations have already been lost through intensification, overbuilding and succession/reforestation.

Remarks:
Scopula marginepunctata occurs from north Africa across Europe (north to south Sweden) to Central Asia (Pamir).



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