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Bont dikkopje Carterocephalus palaemon

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Indeling

Heteropterinae [subfamilie]
Carterocephalus [genus] (1/1)
palaemon [soort]

Carterocephalus palaemon is a fairly rare resident. It occurs on damp grassland in or near woodland, such as in woodland clearings, along woodland rides and ditches bordering woods, and at the edges of heathland. The larval foodplant is usually Molinia caerulea, sometimes Calamagrostis canescens. The species flies from mid-May until mid-June, and hibernates as a fully-grown caterpillar. It is classified as 'vulnerable' on the 2006 Red List. Measures should be taken to prevent habitats or potential habitats from further desiccation. Coppicing combined with rotational mowing could be beneficial, since this results in the open woodland and rough vegetation favoured by this skipper. As the caterpillars grow rather slowly, it is important to leave large patches of rough, grassy vegetation undisturbed, both to provide sites for egg-laying and hibernation, and to give the caterpillars sufficient time to develop.

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Auteur(s)

Groenendijk, D., Swaay, C. van, Wynhoff, I., Bosveld, M., Bos, F.

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