Scotopteryx coarctaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Scotopteryx coarctaria: Adult (May 2010, Askio mountains, Northern Greece) [N] Scotopteryx coarctaria: Adult (May 2010, Askion, Northern Greece) [N] Scotopteryx coarctaria: Habitat in Northern Greece: nutrient-poor grassland in the Askio mountains, May 2010. [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillars live primarily on Fabaceae (broom, sainfoin, etc.).

Habitat:
Scotopteryx coarctaria inhabits hot calcareous grasslands and sandy heaths. I found moths in May 2010 in Northern Greece (Askio Mountains) in a bush-rich grassland.

Life cycle:
The caterpillars hibernate fully-grown and the moths fly in spring (April to June).

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
Scotopteryx coarctaria is endangered due to habitat loss, in Central Europe even highly threatened.

Remarks:
Scotopteryx coarctaria is found mainly in Southern Europe. In Central Europe it occurs only very locally, for example in sandy grasslands around Berlin.



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