Xanthia icteritia (Hufnagel, 1766)


Xanthia icteritia: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2008) [S] Xanthia icteritia: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2008) [S] Xanthia icteritia: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb, April 2008) [M] Xanthia icteritia: Larva (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb 2008) [S]

Host plants:
The larvae feed on kitten of Salix and Populus species. Later, they feed on the ground if necessary even on herbs.

Habitat:
Xanthia icteritia inhabits like Xanthia togata softwood rich habitats of all kinds.

Life cycle:
The young caterpillars live in kittens like those of X. togata, the older ones then on the ground (fallen kittens or herbs). The flight time is from August to October.

Remarks:
Xanthia icteritia is distributed from Morocco across Europe and large part of temperate Asia to Japan.



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