Xanthorhoe montanata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


Xanthorhoe montanata: Adult (NE-Germany, Mueritz, early June 2013) [N] Xanthorhoe montanata: Adult (NE-Germany, Mueritz, early June 2013) [N] Xanthorhoe montanata: Adult (NE-Germany, Mueritz, late May 2013) [N] Xanthorhoe montanata: Adult (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [N] Xanthorhoe montanata: Adult (e.l. Switzerland, Engadine, Val Rosegg, larva in May 2008) [S] Xanthorhoe montanata: Adult (e.l. Switzerland, Engadine, Val Rosegg, larva in May 2008) [S] Xanthorhoe montanata: Larva (Engadine, Val Rosegg, May 2008) [S] Xanthorhoe montanata: Larva (Engadine, Val Rosegg, May 2008) [S] Xanthorhoe montanata: Habitat in NE-Germany (Mueritz): humid deciduous woodland with rich herbal understory (early June 2013) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillars are polyphagous in the herb layer, so on Galium species, Rubus, Primula etc., but also on dwarf shrubs.

Habitat:
Xanthorhoe montanata inhabits edges in mixed deciduous forests, river valleys, forest meadows, roadsides, clearings and penetrates sometimes into the shrubbery rich human settlements (gardens).

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters. The moths fly from May to early August in one generation.

Remarks:
Xanthorhoe montanata is widespread in Europe, Asia and North America (Holarctic). It is fairly common in Central Europe .



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