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Tethea or (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775)

Имаго  (Tethea or)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Drepanoidea family Drepanidae subfamily Thyatirinae genus Tethea → species Tethea or

Species name(s)

Tethea or (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775) = Noctua or Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = ypsilongraecum (Goeze, 1781) = gammagraecum (Retzius, 1783) = consobrina (Borkhausen, 1790) = octogena (Esper, 1791) = Phalaena (Noctua) gemina Beckwith, 1794 = flavicornis Aurivillius, 1888 = hela Rangnow, 1935 = nigrescens Werny, 1966 = Noctua consobrina Borkhausen, 1790 = Phalaena gamma-graecum Retzius, 1783 = Noctua gemina Beckwith, 1794 = Noctua octogena Esper, 1791 = Bombyx undata Fabricius, 1787 = Noctua ypsilon-graecum Goeze, 1781 = Cymatophora albingensis Warnecke, 1908 = Cymatophora albingoflavimacula Hasebroek, 1916 = Cymatophora albingoradiata Bunge, 1911 = Cymatophora albingosubcoeca Bunge, 1913 = Cymatophora clausa Wehrli, 1917 = Palimpsestis confluens Closs, 1917 = Cymatophora costaenigrata Kujau, 1917 = Cymatophora costinigrata Kujau, 1917 = Palimpsestis dilutior Rangnow, 1935 = Cymatophora discolor Warren, 1912 = Cymatophora fasciata Stöckl., 1922 = Cymatophora fasciata Spuler, 1908 = Cymatophora flavistigmata Tutt, 1891 = Cymatophora fuscostigmata Strand, 1903 = Palimpsestis interrupta Lempke, 1938 = Cymatophora juncta Kauchi = Cymatophora marginata Warnecke, 1911 = Tethea nigrescens Lempke 1960 = Tethea nigrofasciata Lempke 1960 = Cymatophora obsoleta Valle, 1941 = Cymatophora obscura Spuler, 1908 = Cymatophora permarginata Hasebroek = Tethea radiata Lempke 1960 = Cymatophora roberti Ruhmann, 1913 = Palimpsestis rufa Houlbert, 1921 = Tethea simplex Lempke 1960 = Cymatophora tangens Strand, 1927 = Cymatophora unifasciata Spuler, 1908 = Cymatophora unimaculata Aurivillius, 1888.

Poplar Lutestring


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #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; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #38. Sakhalin; #39. Yuzhno-Kurilsky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

17—22 mm.

Primary colors

Brown/Gray/Black, White.

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  (Tethea or)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing - from 1.7 to 2.2 cm. The wing pattern is very similar to the scoop, but they differ markedly from veining. In gray-brown forewings have representatives present gray sovkovidok is characteristic kidney-shaped white spot, and the inner and outer cross band consist of four wavy lines.Hind wings brown with a gray fringe. A similar view -Tethea ocularis- has a more bright pattern, with white rims of the ring and reniform spots, with white transverse stripe and white fringe on the hind wings. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part of Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, 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, Karelia, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny-Amur, Lower Volga, Prealtay, of Baikal,Pribaikalskiy, Primorye, Sakhalin, Amur Medium, Medium-Volzhsky, Mid-Ural, Sredneobskaya, South West Siberian Yuzhno-Kuril, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), Poland, Russia, Romania,Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • The area - a fair Europe, in the east area comes to East Asia and Korea and Japan. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Tethea or flies in two generations - from the end of April to July and from July to August. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Solar field in the deciduous forests, heath and meadows, gardens and parks - places volley. The moths are active at night. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • August-September, June and July. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Populus tremula, P. nigra, P. balsamifera, Betula. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Willow, aspen, poplar. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Color tracks - light green, with a dark stripe on the back and a yellowish - on the side. Living larvae of sovkovidki bonded webs between the leaves of aspen and other poplars. Pupation occurs in the soil between the fallen leaves. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Overwintering stage

  • Winters doll, between fallen leaves. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Tethea or


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vitaly Gumenuk, Andrey Ponomarev.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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30.01.2014 22:15, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Pupa.

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