Eupithecia linariata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Eupithecia linariata: Adult (e.l. eastern Swabian Alb) [S] Eupithecia linariata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, 2007) [M] Eupithecia linariata: Larva (eastern Swabian Alb, 2007) [M] Eupithecia linariata: Larva (northern Upper Rhine, September 2012) [M] Eupithecia linariata: Larva [M] Eupithecia linariata: Pupa [S] Eupithecia linariata: Habitat in a limestone grassland of the eastern Swabian Alb in 2008 [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed on Linaria vulgaris flowers and fruits.

Eupithecia linariata inhabits roadsides, embankments, woodland edges, grasslands, sandy places, ruderal terrain and other locations of the host plant.

Life cycle:
The pupa hibernates. The moths fly from May to September in one to two overlapping generations, the second of which is usually incomplete. The caterpillar can be found from late June to late September (maximum in the Swabian Alb in late July to early September). The larva often hides in the flowers and can be detected the most secure by samples of blooming Linaria.

Endangerment: regionally endangered or decreasing

Endangerment factors:
The per se rather adaptable species is pushed back by eradicating the last edges and extensive roadside verges always more to grasslands and other partly protected habitats.

Eupithecia linariata is widespread in Europe and Western Asia.

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