Idaea filicata Hübner, 1798
Common names: Lustrous Least Carpet [En], Phalène rustique du Midi [Fr]
Yeşilırmak (Limnitis, Λιμνίτης), GÜZELYÜRT (Morphou, Μορφου) ● Cyprus
Description: The species has a wingspan of 12–21 mm. The second generation is usually much smaller with a maximum of 17 mm. The color and the motif are quite variable. The ground color of the wings is pale white to creamy white.
Biology: The adults fly at night from May to September in two to three generations. The caterpillars feed on dried or faded plant parts of carnations (Dianthus) and Speedwell (Veronica), also on smartweed (Polygonum aviculare) and dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).
Habitat: The species occurs from the lowlands to about 800 meters on warm slopes and Mediterranean macchie. In exceptional cases, it has been observed on 1400 meters above sea level, and in South-Western Asia over 2000 meters.
Distribution: Southern Europe and Near East, up to Northern Iraq.
Wikipedia, Idaea filicata [De]