Scopula submutata (Treitschke, 1828)


Scopula submutata: Adult (e.l. Provence 2013) [S] Scopula submutata: Larva (Provence, Ste. Victoire, April 2013) [M] Scopula submutata: Larva (Provence, Ste. Victoire, April 2013) [M] Scopula submutata: Pupa (e.l. Provence 2013) [S] Scopula submutata: Larvalhabitat (Provence, April 2013) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed most often on Lamiaceae, especially Thymus. Literature also gives other plants such as Fabaceae.

Habitat:
Scopula submutata inhabits rocky, dry and hot places, e.g. in Mediterranean maquis.

Life cycle:
The larva hibernates. I found it in April 2013 on Thymus in Provence in April 2013. The moths occur most often in two generations (sometimes also three or just one) between mid-May and early October.

Remarks:
Scopula submutata occurs in several subspecies from NW-Africa across Southern Europe to Turkey and the Near East. In the North it is found up to South Tyrol.
Further east in Asia (from E-Turkey) closely related forms occur (Scopula transcaspica).



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