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Trauerwidderchen / Almond-tree leaf skeletonizer moth

Aglaope infausta

Description:

SIZE: ~15 mm
It's much smaller than other Zygaenidae I've seen so far. The wings are grey, the forewings are a bit red at the upper edge, the hindwings have a red spot at the inner side. The thorax is black with a red band towards the head.

Habitat:

It is found in Portugal, Spain, France and north-western Italy reaching its north-eastern distribution limit in western Germany. The habitat has to be hot and dry. The species lives in bushy, warm, steppe regions and in forests.
In Germany it's listed in the Red List as "extremely rare" (RL R).

Notes:

When we found it we didn't know what it is - some kind of Zygaenid moth, yes, but which? At home we determined the photos - and were happy as hell :D In 2011 we already found the caterpillar not far away from this spot ( http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/303... ), and finally we have seen an adult - great :D

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2 Comments

FFHRheingau
FFHRheingau 7 years ago

Thanks, Maria :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Great detail visible in the shots - nice spotting!

FFHRheingau
Spotted by
FFHRheingau

Lorch (Rhein), Hessen, Germany

Spotted on Jul 6, 2013
Submitted on Jul 7, 2013

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