Last modified: Nov. 11, 2023, 12:45 p.m.
First observation in Belgium in 1989 at Laplaigne (HA). Still a very rare and local species in Belgium.
The larva feeds between spun leaves of young shoots, flowers and seeds. When disturbed, larvae quickly crawl backwards and often fall on the ground. Pupates in debris on the ground (in captivity also in the larval habitat). The adult hibernates.
The moths are active at dusk and later come to light.
The adults fly in two generations a year in June and July and again from August till April after overwintering.
The monophagous larva feeds on Lythrum salicaria.