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Pennithera comis (Butler, 1879)

Имаго  (Pennithera comis)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Geometroidea family Geometridae subfamily Larentiinae tribe Cidariini genus Pennithera → species Pennithera comis

Species name(s)

Pennithera comis (Butler, 1879) = Cidaria comis Butler, 1879.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#40. Primorsky.

Flight time

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

Larva lifespan

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

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  (Pennithera comis)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Kind of close to Cidaria diakonovi Kurenz (Pine Moth), but slightly larger and has a more general light color, with rather sharply distinguished black spot on the inner edge of the front wings on their light middle sling. The hind wings are almost white with a dark median blotch. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.


  • Regions of the Russian Federation: Seaside. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Western China, Japan. In Russia, the south of Primorye Territory. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.


  • Butterflies appear in mid-September and mid-October to fly in the spruce-pine and spruce-fir forests. In some years, there are quite often. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.

Larva food plants

  • Abies nephrolepis and P. holophylla [131]. Yuri Semejkin.

Additional info about Larva

  • The caterpillars emerge in spring and live almost all summer. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.


  • In the second half of August, pupation occurs in the trees between the needles and thin branches of host plants. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.


  • Egg testicles occurs in late autumn on needles Abies nephrolepis and less Abies holophylla. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.

Overwintering stage

  • Egg. [131]. Yuri Semejkin.


Photos: Yuri Semejkin.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Yuri Semejkin.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.



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29.01.2014 14:36, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Zoogeographical regions: No formalized data → Palaearctic. Flight time: No formalized data → September, October. Caterpillar lifespan: No formalized data → April, May, June, July, August. Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Ova.

29.12.2013 6:40, Yuri Semejkin

Peter! Correct. In food plants P. holophylla be read and Abies holophylla

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