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Lythria cruentaria Hufnagel, 1767

Самка  (Lythria cruentaria)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Geometroidea family Geometridae subfamily Sterrhinae tribe Lythriini genus Lythria → species Lythria cruentaria

Species name(s)

Lythria cruentaria Hufnagel, 1767.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny*; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky.

* An asterisk denotes a region for which the species is listed as an migrant or information that requires additional checking.


17—23 mm.

Primary colors

Red, Orange, Yellow, Brown/Gray/Black.

Самец  (Lythria cruentaria)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Lythria rotaria (Fabricius, 1798) [9]. Vasiliy Feoktistov.
  • Phalaena purpurata Linnaeus, 1761 [9]. Vasiliy Feoktistov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-East (?), The European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Karelia, Prealtay, Average -Volzhsky, Sredneobskaya, South West Siberian, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.


  • It has three generations. Flight of time: from April to September. Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Larva food plants

  • Rumex acetosella. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Rumex acetosa, Cirsium arvense, Solidago virgaurea [9]. Vasiliy Feoktistov.


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Andrey Ponomarev, Oleg Seliverstov.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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30.05.2014 8:46, Vasiliy Feoktistov Corrected data.

Wingspan: No formalized data → 17—23 mm.

24.05.2014 13:06, Vasiliy Feoktistov

Well, so be it :)

24.05.2014 11:42, Alexandr Zhakov

Why can not it be? There is a code of Russian names? Vasily, do not bother :), for those who can not use the Latin, is the same butterfly :)

24.05.2014 4:51, Vasiliy Feoktistov

But one kind of two butterflies with Russian name "purple moth" can not be.
This earned it by law (where it was not, I drove recently) it is quite "officially" and is present on many websites.
But L. cruentaria why so called? It is better and more useful here to leave one Latin.

18.05.2014 3:38, Peter Khramov

As already discussed. There is no right or wrong of Russian names ...

04.05.2014 4:34, Vasiliy Feoktistov

I add. Better then to call it "bloody moth" (sometimes called) but not the "Purple".
In fact, many sources where there are both types it does not have Russian names, and "Purple" has calledLythria purpuraria, I believe it.
Feeling: Oh, and the meat even with these Russian names.Can remove them all?
All stand it no longer clog up the page view. Just when their weights noticed :)

03.05.2014 9:49, Vasiliy Feoktistov

A more suitable to cruentaria "stained" (translated from Latin) :)

03.05.2014 9:45, Vasiliy Feoktistov

Russian name "purple moth" is removed. There is another kind of Lythria purpuraria (Linnaeus, 1758) is the Latin name itself suggests that it is better to call it in Russian (and do it now).
And then the "purple moth" "neither here nor there" :)

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