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Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)

A common species throughout Belgium. This species is the most well-known example in studies of industrial melanism.

The larva lives on a wide variety of trees and lower plants. Hibernates as a pupa underground.

The adults fly from mid May till mid August in one generation a year. They come to light.


Belgium, Antwerpen, Willebroek, 28 May 2003.
(Photo © Leo Janssen)
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