Female Belted beauty moth (Lycia zonaria)
The Belted beauty can be found all over Europe, but often only in small habitat patches. Females do not have wings, making it hard for this species to migrate to new habitats.
To the south a Munich lies a disused airstrip with surroundings meadows which is a well-known spot for finding these beauties.
In the same patch we also encountered some male specimens, such as:
A related species, found in the higher regions of the Alps, is Lycia alpina:
"Lycia zonaria", the belted beauty, is a moth of the family Geometridae. The species was first described by Michael Denis and Ignaz Schiffermüller in 1775 and it is found in most of Europe.