Heliomata glarearia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Heliomata glarearia: Adult (Vinschgau, South Tyrol, May 2011) [M] Heliomata glarearia: Adult (Northern Greece, Askion, May 2011) [N] Heliomata glarearia: Adult (Northern Greece, July 2010) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives oligophagous at various Fabaceae as Hippocrepis, Medicago, Lotus etc.

Heliomata glarearia inhabits warm dry grasslands as limestone juniper meadows, steppe slopes and other places, often on calcareous soil.

Life cycle:
The moths fly from April to August at lower altitudes in two, at higher ones in most cases in a single generation. The caterpillar can be found from June to September. The pupa overwinters.

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
Heliomata glarearia is threatened by habitat loss due to the known usual factors (fertilization, intensification, transition into fields, succession, grazing abandonment, overbuilding, reforestation, eutrophication from the air, etc.).

Heliomata glarearia occurs from Southern France and Central Europe across the Balkan Peninsula and Eastern Europe to Kazakhstan.