Last modified: Feb. 19, 2021, 9:28 a.m.
A common species throughout Belgium.
The larva hibernates and pupation takes place on the host plant in a sturdy silk cocoon.
The imago feeds on the pollen of many herbaceous plants but is often found in larger numbers feeding on the flower-heads of Caltha palustris, Ranunculus repens and Taraxacum spp.
Although the adults are flying in the daytime, they appear rather early to avoid hot sun.
The adults fly from early May – sometimes even already in late April – till mid June.
The larva has been found on the tender, young growths of various herbaceous plants.