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Catephia alchymista

Catephia alchymista
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Copyright: Harm Alberts (Harm-digitaal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 110 W: 7 N: 1968] (7604)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 4:57
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Dutch]
Catephia alchymista([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) / The Alchymist / Wit weeskind / Weisses Ordensband / l'Alchimiste.

Wingspan 42-48 mm.

A sporadic migrant to the British Isles, having occurred a number of times, mostly in the southern counties. It seems to favour sugar rather than light, and this may explain the paucity of recent records.

Two larvae were apparently found in Sussex in 1894 but otherwise this stage has not been recorded here. Abroad, the larvae feed on oak, preferring young shoots and saplings.

The adults fly from May to July, sometimes with a second generation in September.



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