Chondrostega escobesae de Freina, Monasterio Léon, Antonietty & Vila, 2015


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Host plants:
The larvae are polyphagous in the herb layer on the ground (grasses and herbs or dwarf shrubs).

Habitat:
Usually stony and dry mountain pastures, grasslands and areas with dwarf shrubs in medium-high altitudes.

Life cycle:
The moths occur in August and September. The wingless females construct typical egg batches along blades or twigs. The larvae feed in the sunshine and can be found until March or more rarely April.

Remarks:
Chondrostega escobesae occurs locally in some mountainous regions of southern Spain (ca. 800-1800m), especially in the provinces of Malaga, Granada and Jaen. Chondrostega vandalica (of which Chondrostega escobesae used to be a subspecies) occurs more in the northern half of the Iberian Peninsula.