I have collected this specimen of cucullia from Malta Zebbug on the 3rd of February and it laid eggs.
The possiblity of identification would be greatful.Cucullia in Malta are very rare especially verbasci.This species was recorded in march so it may be that it is the one.The other rare species is C.lychnitis but it flies in May and weather in January this year was wet and cold so the possiblity of this is very remote.
Any advice regarding identification and rearing on different plants or artificial diet please.
Thanks in advance.
I can not give any advice concerning the identificatin of this species, but the foodplant of the larvae is any species of verbascum.
I think the leaf on your foto, where it layed the eggs on, is a leaf of a species of verbascum.
You should definitely try rearing this moth. Personally I regard it as C. scrophulariae but this is probably not this one. Identification possible only by checking the look of larvae... I wish you luck and please keep us informed!
My cucullia eggs are hatching.
Tiny larvae and have transfered them on Verbascum sinuatum.
Hope they start feeding.