and common all over Belgium. Not threatened.
larva lives on a wide variety of foodplants like Rubus, Filipendula, Pyracantha, Ulex, Genista, Hedera, Medicago, Calluna, Erica, Ligustrum etc... The larva is attended by different species of ants. Hibernates as a pupa.
adults fly usually in two generations a year: from early April till
early June and again from end of June till begin September. In
favourable years a third generation occurs from end of August till mid
Antwerpen, Malle, 24 July 2005.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)