Dysauxes ancilla Linnaeus 1767


Notes:Adults of this species fly in July and August. They occur in sunny woodland openings, deciduous forests and edges of damp forests. This is uncommon species. Moths fly during the night. Females have four white spots on the fore wings while the males have only three spots (the picture). The caterpillar is yellowish brown with a four bristles on each body segment. It feeds on lichens (Lichenes) or sometimes also on the moss and plants. It lives since the half of August till May of the next year. Caterpillar overwinters in the crannies of the bark. The blackish brown pupa is placed inside of a thin cocoon, that is usually made under the moss.

Host plants:Lichenes spp.

Similar species:Dysauxes punctata.

Range: Palearkt. (Central and south-east Europe to Kaukaz).







all regions of Slovakia








palearctic region


imago - male
Adult, underside.
2001, Labske jazero, Slovakia
© Martin Jagelka