Scotopteryx moeniata (Scopoli, 1763)


Scotopteryx moeniata: Adult (SW-Bulgaria, Belasica mountains S Petrisch, late July 2015) [N] Scotopteryx moeniata: Habitat in SW-Bulgarian Belasica mountains in late July 2015 [N] Scotopteryx moeniata: Habitat in Belasica mountains (Greek part, view downward to lake Kerkini) in late July 2015 [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed especially on Fabaceae like brooms, but supposedly also on Calluna.

Habitat:
Scotopteryx moeniata occurs on shrubby heathland, in very open woodlands, mountain pastures, nutrient-poor grasslands and similar sites. I found Scotopteryx moeniata in Belasica mountains (Bulgaria/Greece) between 1700 and 2000m asl in late July 2015.

Life cycle:
The young larva hibernates. Adult insects occur between July and early September. They are easily flushed during daytime.

Remarks:
Scotopteryx moeniata occurs from the Pyrenees across Central and parts of Southern Europe and Turkey to the Southern Urals and the Caucasus.



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