common species throughout Belgium.
larva lives on a wide variety of deciduous trees and shrubs. Hibernates
as an egg, in a batch of several hundred on the outside of the empty
cocoon of the female, attached to some part of the foodplant, or to a
nearby fence , wall etc...
adults fly from mid May till early October, occasionally later. The males are active during
daytime and later come occasionally to light. The females have vestigial wings and never leaves her cocoon.
Namur, Lavaux St.-Anne, 30 September 2005.
male (Photo © Chris Steeman)