very common species throughout Belgium.
larva lives on a great variety of deciduous trees and herbaceous
plants. In some regions it can become a pest. Hibernates as an egg,
laid in batches on the bark, twigs and leaves of the larval food plants.
adults fly from mid June till late August in one generation a year.
Male comes to light, and also flies by day. Female apparently does
not fly far from the cocoon.
Antwerpen, Viersel, 09 August 2004.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)