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Biston strataria (Hufnagel, 1767)

A common species throughout Belgium.

The larva lives on various deciduous trees, with a preference for Quercus. Hibernates as a pupa underground.

The adults fly in one generation a year; usually from early March till early May, but in mild conditions, the first moths can be seen from mid February onwards. They are attracted to light.


Belgium, Luxembourg, Nassogne, 25 February 2007.
male (Photo © Chris Steeman)
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