rather common species throughout Belgium.
larva lives on a variety of herbaceous plants and other low-growing
plants including Urtica dioica, Lamium and Origanum vulgare.
Hibernates as a small larva, near the ground among vegetation. Pupates
in a loose cocoon spun under or near a leaf of the food plant.
adults fly in two different generations, sometimes three, from mid
May till end of September. They are active from dusk onwards and later come to light and rarely to sugar.
Antwerpen, Kapellen, 27 May 2005.
(Photo © Chris Steeman)