Xestia ditrapezium (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)


Xestia ditrapezium: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Adult (e.l. Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Adult (e.l. Memmingen) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, October 2010) [M] Xestia ditrapezium: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, October 2010) [M] Xestia ditrapezium: Half-grown larva (Memmingen, October 2010) [M] Xestia ditrapezium: Half-grown larva (Memmingen, Southern Germany) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Half-grown larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Half-grown larva [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd, 2010) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany 2010) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd 2011) [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larva (Memmingen, Southern Germany) [N] Xestia ditrapezium: Pupa [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Pupa [S] Xestia ditrapezium: Larval habitat on the eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany: a seldom used path with humid herb verges and young woods [N] Xestia ditrapezium: Larval habitat at a woody stream near Memmingen, S-Germany (November 2010) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives polyphagous on herbs and young trees, e.g. Rubus or Urtica dioica.

Habitat:
Xestia ditrapezium inhabits forest edges, forb communities, river banks, successions, dwarf shrub stocks (as in coniferous forests or peat bogs). It is often found in rather damp to mesophilic habitats.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters and can be found in the autumn (September to November, then especially by tapping in the herbaceous layer), and after hibernation in April and May (usually at night with a pocket lamp). The moths fly from June to August.

Remarks:
Xestia ditrapezium is widespread and often common in the temperate zone of Europe and Asia.



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