A rare species and mostly known from older records in the northern
part of Belgium. Uncommon and more frequently observed in the
south. The dark unicolorous forms are predominant.
larva lives at first on the catkins and leaves of Salix and
other deciduous trees like Quercus, Prunus spinosa and Crataegus, and later on different species of herbaceous
plants like Rumex and Taraxacum. Hibernates initially as an adult. Mates in December or January and eggs are laid in January or February.
adults fly from early October till December and reappears after
February and March in smaller numbers. Males die around December
or January, while females live till February or even till early
April.They come to light and
are more frequently recorded at sugar and on flowers of Hedera.
Namur, Lavaux-Ste-Anne, 12 November 2004.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)