The caterpillars live on Salix and Populus species (willow and poplar). Especially popular are Salix purpurea and Populus tremula.
Notodonta ziczac colonizes all habitats with occurence of host plants as river valleys, gravel pits, forest edges or gardens.
The moths fly in two generations from late April to early September. Caterpillars are usually found from June to early October.
Notodonta ziczac is one of the most common Notodontidae and not endangered.
Notodonta ziczac occurs from North Africa across Europe to Central Asia.