Africa, southern Europe migrating north to as far as Sweden, throughout the Middle East eastward through central Asia as far as parts of China and southern India
In between 6,5 and 8,5 centimeter
multiple flights between February and November or nearly continuously in the warmer parts of its distribution and in captivity. Do not try to overwinter the pupae.
Rumex and other Polygonaceae, Onagraceae (Epilobium, Oenothera, Fuchsia, Clarkia, ...), Vitaceae (Vitis, Cissus, ...), Rubiaceae (Galium, Rubia, ...) and many others (for example Gossypium, Beta, Linaria, Scabiosa, Asphodelus, ...)
Easy and suitable for newcomers. Keep warm, dry and clean. Fast growing and ready to pupate within 3 to 4 weeks. Keep in spacious and well ventilated plastic containers, final instars better in netted cages. The pupal stage between the 2 flights is short (only 2 weeks when kept warm).
winter rearing can be more challenging