from Northern Africa to Scandinavia (except the far north) and from Western Europe to the Russian Far East.
In between 3,8 and 4,8 centimeter
depends on the local conditions, one or two broods annually in between April and September. In captivity usually 2 flights. The pupae overwinter.
Lonicera and Symphoricarpos preferred, alternatively also Knautia, Scabiosa and Cephalaria.
Easy and suitable for newcomers. Keep warm and clean, in well ventilated plastic containers. The containers can be small. Fully grown the caterpillars only become around 4 centimeter and thus don't require much space. Very fast growing and ready to pupate within 3 to 4 weeks. The pupal stage in between the 2 summer flights is short (2 to 3 weeks). Pupae after the last flight can be overwintered in the fridge.