Phragmataecia castanea (Hübner, 1790)

Phragmataecia castanea: Female (Alp Rhine Valley, Liechtenstein, June 2011) [N] Phragmataecia castanea: Habitat in the Alps Rhine Valley at flight time in June 2011. [N] Phragmataecia castanea: Habitat at the Upper Rhine, June 2011. [N]

Host plants:
Reed (Phragmites australis)

Phragmataecia castanea inhabits reeds and siltation zones next to water.

Life cycle:
The caterpillar overwinters fully-grown. It lives in the reed stems, usually close to the ground. The moths fly from May to July.

Endangerment factors:
Phragmataecia castanea is endangered as reeds are increasingly pushed back as economically largely worthless terrain.

Phragmataecia castanea occurs in Europe quite locally, but is widespread. Overall, the moths are found from north Africa across Europe and temperate Asia to Japan. To the north, it is found as far as southern Sweden.

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