Athetis hospes

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Porter's rustic
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A. hospes
Binomial name
Athetis hospes
(Freyer, 1835)[1]
Synonyms
  • Caradrina hospes Freyer, 1831
  • Proxenus hospes

Athetis hospes, or Porter's rustic, is a moth of the family Noctuidae which was described by Christian Friedrich Freyer in 1835. It is found in Spain, southern France, Italy, on the Balkan Peninsula, Crete, Turkey and northern Iran. The species seems to be expanding its range in north-western Europe with records from Great Britain and the Netherlands.

The wingspan is 26–30 mm. Adults are on wing from May to June and again from August to September.

The larvae feed on various low-growing plants, including tobacco.[2] The species overwinters as full-grown larvae in the soil. They are gregarious in the first instar. Later instars make galleries in the stalks and holes in the leaves. Pupation takes place below ground near the host plant[3]

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