Adscita globulariae (Hübner, 1793)

Adscita globulariae: Male [S] Adscita globulariae: Female [M] Adscita globulariae: Male [N] Adscita globulariae: Male [N] Adscita globulariae: Oviposition [S] Adscita globulariae: Larva, half concealed in feeding mine [N] Adscita globulariae: Larva at feeding mine (eastern Swabian Alb) [N] Adscita globulariae: Larva [N] Adscita globulariae: Habitat: limestone grassland (eastern Swabian Alb) [N]

Host plants:
Centaurea species, especially Centaurea jacea. In the south the caterpillars also occur on thistles (Cirsium etc.).

Adscita globulariae colonizes calcareous grasslands. It is lacking in many places in the Alps, especially in the north.

Life cycle:
Hibernated caterpillars are found from late March to May/early June. They feed in space mines, where they also sometimes rest. But they hide often in the moss layer, too. The moths fly in June and July or even early August.

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
Adscita globulariae is highly threatened by habitat loss (bush encroachment, abandonment of the transhumance, but also too intense grazing in pens, reforestation, overbuilding, felting).

Distribution extends from Northeastern Spain to the Urals. It is missing in the very north and south of Europe.

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