Last modified: April 23, 2019, 12:44 p.m.
P. hylaeiformis is a common species in most areas of Belgium. In some favourable biotopes the population density may even be extremely high.
This is a fairly large species (19–30 mm) that is rather recognisable having relatively narrow dark brown forewings. The abdomen has yellow bands on all segments but those closer to the thorax are narrower than those more at the end of the abdomen.
The antennae are strongly feathered (pectinate) in the male. The proboscis is reduced and non-functional.
The males are very well attracted to the pheromone developed for this species and are best lured in the afternoon although the optimal time span is very weather dependent.
When the young larva comes out of the egg it moves down towards the root of the plant and feeds in the base of a stem, eventually causing a typical swelling. It subsequently moves into the rootstock and hibernates there. In springtime, the larva continues to feed in the rootstock and starts during that year to gnaw a gallery in a stem. After a second hibernation, the larva gradually completes that shaft and constructs during the summer also the future exit hole at the end of this gallery.
The larva pupates without making a cocoon allowing the pupa to move freely inside the gallery.
The adults fly from mid July till the end of August but even in September there are still some observations.