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Acontia trabealis (Scopoli, 1763)

Synonym
  • Phalaena trabealis Scopoli, 1763
  • Acontia algira (Oberthür, 1881)
  • Acontia arabica (Hufnagel, 1766)
  • Agrophila trabealis (Scopoli, 1763)
  • Emmelia trabealis (Scopoli, 1763)
  • Erastria sulphurea (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Vernacular Name
Spotted Sulphur
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The spotted sulphur can be found in most of the Palearctic (Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Russia to northern China and Japan). It was formerly resident in Great Britain, but has not been seen at any known breeding colonies since 25 June 1960 and is presumed extinct there. This species prefers sandy soil, dry and warm areas, meadows and sunny slopes on which the bindweed occurs. This species presents two overlapping generations a year, the second generation is generally missing in cool years. The moth flies from May to August depending on the location and then again from August to early September. The pupa overwinters. The larvae feed on field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) and Polygonum species. The imago takes short jerky flights in the sunshine close to the ground and is difficult of observation; it frequents dry and sandy localities.
Book reference
  • Геряк Ю.М., Канарський Ю.В., Коваль Н.П. Лускокрилі надродини Noctuoidea (Lepidoptera, Insecta) Ужанського національного природного парку // Наукові записки Державного природознавчого музею. - Львів, 2013. - 29. - С.19-32.
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Biota
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Animalia
Eumetazoa
Arthropoda
Hexapoda
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Lepidoptera
Noctuidae