rather rare and local species throughout Belgium. In some areas in the
province of Antwerp in certain years, the species is abundant. Formerly
more widespread. Vulnerable.
larva lives on Erica calluna, Erica tetralix and Genista anglica. The larva is attented by different species of ants as Lasius niger and Lasius alienus.
adults fly normally in one generations a year: from mid June till end
of August. In favourable years a second generation occurs from end of
August till mid October.
Antwerpen, Brecht, 20 June 2003
(Photo © Chris Steeman)