rather rare species in Belgium, more frequently observed in the south
of the country.
larva lives at first in the opening buds of Prunus spinosa,
but also of Crataegus, Malus or Sorbus
aria, later on in a folded leaf-edge, and finally in spun
leaves. Pupation in a flimsy cocoon in a folded leaf, or in debris on
the ground. The adult hibernates.
adults have been observed from the end of July till May. The moths are
active at dusk and later occasionally come to light. A very variable
species, more than hundred different forms are described.
Limburg, Kinrooi, 18 March 2005.
(Photo © Maarten Jacobs)