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Eupithecia abietaria Goeze, 1781

Имаго  Eupithecia abietaria


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Geometroidea family Geometridae subfamily Larentiinae tribe Eupitheciini genus Eupithecia → species Eupithecia abietaria

Species name(s)

Eupithecia abietaria Goeze, 1781 = pini (Retzius, 1783) = bilunulata (Zetterstedt, 1839).


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #2. Kolsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #25. Tuvinsky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #34. Kamchatsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #38. Sakhalin; #39. Yuzhno-Kurilsky; #40. Primorsky.


16—18 mm.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  Eupithecia abietaria

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The wingspan of up to 1.6-1.8 cm, brownish-gray with black median spot on the front wings and red cross on their bands. Hind wings gray with two darker transverse lines. On the outer edge of the front wings goes wavy, jagged line, passing the lower wings in the form of lines. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union - the European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia , Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Kamchatka, Karelia, Kola, Nizhne-Amur, Prealtay, of Baikal, Pribaikalskiy,Primorye, Sakhalin, Amur Medium, Medium-Volzhsky, Mid-Ural, Tuva, South Kuril, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.


  • There are butterflies in mid-June. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.

Larva food plants

  • Picea, Abies. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Picea jezoensis [131]. Yuri Semejkin.

Additional info about Larva

  • Caterpillar grayish red almost white top and bottom to 1.5 cm in length. The head and black shield.
    Left young caterpillars at first remain on the surface scales cones, and later making their way inside the cones and the average damage of the scales. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.


  • Judging by the remaining festival of the Protection pupae pupation occurs on the cones. The duration of the generation is not clear. In European forests, it is extended to two years.
    Dolly shiny brown, surrounded by a cocoon of hairs. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.

Subspecies Eupithecia abietaria


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Irina Nikulina, Andrey Ponomarev.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Yuri Semejkin.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.



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29.01.2014 14:30, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Wingspan: No formalized data → 16—18 mm. Flight time: No formalized data → June. Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Pupa.

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