Last modified: Jan. 20, 2022, 3:02 p.m.
A not so rare and widespread species in the southern part of Belgium. In the northern part of the country it is very rare with some scattered isolated populations.
Males have wings, females are micropterous. Wingspan 26 mm.
Forewing male russet-tinged brown, finely streaked with lighter hue. Transverse lines and discal spot moderately visible, widely spaced at inner margin. Hindwing brownish white with distinct discal spot. General appearance rather dull.
Female with forewing stumps (about 3/5 lenght of abdomen) crossed by a rather broad brownish band on greyish brown background.
Usually found in May and June. Caterpillars are greenish white, dark green or dark brown in color. The green-white caterpillars have an unsigned form with only a number of white lines, of which the subdorsal are the most striking. The other two color forms have square dark spots on their backs. Cannot be distinguished from Theria rupicapraria with certainty.
Hibernates as a pupa in litter on the ground or underground. The adults come to light.
The adults fly depending on mild conditions onwards from late December towards March and might be overlooked in some areas because of the early flight period. This species seems to fly a little earlier than Theria rupicapraria.