Idaea rufaria (Hübner, [1799])

Idaea rufaria: Male (e.o. Baden-Württemberg, Künzelsau, 2008) [S] Idaea rufaria: Female (e.o. Künzelsau 2008) [S] Idaea rufaria: Half-grown larva (e.o. Künzelsau 2008) [S] Idaea rufaria: Larva (e.o. Künzelsau 2008) [S] Idaea rufaria: Larva (e.o. Künzelsau 2008) [S] Idaea rufaria: Pupa [S] Idaea rufaria: Habitat near Künzelsau (Baden-Württemberg) in 2008 [N]

Host plants:
Probably the caterpillar is polyphagous on herbs. I bred them on Lotus corniculatus.

Idaea rufaria inhabits calcareous grassland, particularly warm and less grazed ones, partly also mowed grasslands and similar biotopes.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters and is mature in May or early June. The moths fly from late June to mid-August and are active during the day in the grasslands.

Endangerment: endangered

Endangerment factors:
Idaea rufaria is threatened by the loss of grasslands (overbuilding with houses, streets and industry, expansion of agriculture and succession).

Idaea rufaria occurs from north Africa across Southern and Central Europe to Central Asia.

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