Colostygia pectinataria (Knock, 1781)

Colostygia pectinataria: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Colostygia pectinataria: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, March 2009) [M] Colostygia pectinataria: Larva [S] Colostygia pectinataria: Larva [M] Colostygia pectinataria: Pupa [S] Colostygia pectinataria: Here I observed larvae in March 2009. Eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany, May 2009 [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar is according to literature polyphagous to a certain degree, but prefers Galium. I found it in March 2009 on a swampy clearing on the eastern Swabian Alb in a depression on Galium palustre, which was partially covered by loose dead grasses.

Colostygia pectinataria inhabits forests and edge-rich, woody habitats of all kinds. It obviously has no high requirements.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters. The moths fly in cooler areas from late May to July in a single generation. In warmer areas, however, two generations from late April to June and from August to September are observed.

Endangerment factors:
Colostygia pectinataria is not endangered.

Colostygia pectinataria is widespread in Europe and temperate Asia to the Altai.

Colostygia sericeata