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Scoliopteryx libatrix Linnaeus, 1758

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Scoliopteryx libatrix Linnaeus, 1758
Common names: Herald [En], Découpure [Fr], Roesje [Nl], Zackeneule [De]

Tubize, BRABANT ● Belgium

Description: Herald caterpillars are colourful moths. They are distinguished by the thin yellow lines running across the body between segments.
The wingspan is about 44 mm. The wings are ample; the forewing angled in middle of termen, concave between the angle and the acute apex.
The forewing is grey mixed with ochreous, with fuscous striae, the posteriorly with a rosy tinge: the veins are terminally whitish. An irregular median suffusion reaches from base to middle, orange red more or less mixed with yellow. The inner and outer lines are pale with dark edges. There is a white spot at base on median vein; a white dot represents the orbicular stigma; reniform formed of two black dots.
The hindwing is fuscous, paler at base.

Biology: The Herald's flight period is between June and November, in one or two broods. When maturity is reached, they pupate between two leaves, in a white cocoon made of silk.
This moth overwinters as an adult, and as a result, can be one of the last species to be seen in one year, and one of the first in the next. During the winter the Herald moth hibernates in dark, cool structures (e.g. cellars, barns and caves; here in a house), returning to take wing again from March to June. Caterpillars can be seen on willow, aspen or poplar. The adults feed on ivy blossom or ripe blackberries.

Habitat: Woodland parks and gardens.

Distribution: Palearctic and Nearctic (Holarctic).

References:
Wikipedia, The Herald
UK Moths



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