Thalpophila vitalba (Freyer, 1834)


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Host plants:
The larvae feed on grasses.

Habitat:
Thalpophila vitalba inhabits more dry and warm, grassy sites such as rocky slopes, heaths or pastures. I recorded the larvae together with those of Leucochlaena oditis in rocky gorse garrigues in N-Portugal.

Life cycle:
The moths are on the wing in late summer and early autumn. The larvae overwinter and are mature in winter or early spring.

Remarks:
Thalpophila vitalba occurs from NW-Africa across the Iberian Peninsula to S-France and Italy.



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