Minoa murinata (Scopoli, 1763)

Minoa murinata: Adult (NE-Germany, Mueritz, early June 2013) [N] Minoa murinata: Adult (NE-Germany, Mueritz, early June 2013) [N] Minoa murinata: Adult (eastern Swabian Alb, Southern Germany) [S] Minoa murinata: Adult (eastern Swabian Alb) [N] Minoa murinata: Half-grown larva (Schwäbisch Gmünd, S-Germany) [M] Minoa murinata: Half-grown larva [M] Minoa murinata: Larva, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany (the larvae are variable from colourful to dark) [M] Minoa murinata: Pupa [S] Minoa murinata: The species is also able to reproduce in broad verges in bright forests, provided that Euphorbia occurs (NE-Germany, Mueritz, early June 2013) [N]

Host plants:
Euphorbia cyparissias and probably also other Euphorbia species.

Minoa murinata inhabits grasslands of all kinds, embankments, dams and edges where spurge occurs.

Life cycle:
The moths fly from mid-April to August in two generations. The caterpillars live from May to October and hide during the day often at ground level parts of the host plant or in leaf litter. The pupa hibernates according to literature.

Endangerment factors:
Nutrient-poor meadows, grasslands and edges disappear more and more. In the northern foreland of the Alps, for example, Minoa murinata already disappeared in many places.

Minoa murinata is widespread in Europe and occurs eastward also to Central Asia.