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Phymatopus hecta (Linnaeus, 1758)

Самец  (Phymatopus hecta)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Hepialoidea family Hepialidae genus Phymatopus → species Phymatopus hecta

Species name(s)

Phymatopus hecta (Linnaeus, 1758) = Hepialus hecta = Phalaena hecta Linnaeus, 1758 = jodutta (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) = clavipes (Retzius, 1783) = Noctua nemorosa Esper, 1786 = unicolor (Petersen, 1902) = hectica (Bang-Haas, 1927) = zetterstedti (Burrau, 1950) = radiata (Lempke, 1959) = continua (van Wisselingh, 1961) = Phymatopus hectus.

Gold Swift


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; #15. Severo-Uralsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #38. Sakhalin; #39. Yuzhno-Kurilsky; #40. Primorsky*.

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

Forewing length

11—18 mm.

Primary colors

Orange, 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


Самка  (Phymatopus hecta)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Hepialus hecta. [85]. Peter Khramov.

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The front fenders 11 -16 mm, red-brown, with white transverse stripe at the root and a number of spots in the post-discal area, the largest of which is adjacent to the rear edge. [86]. Shamil Murtazin.
  • Length of front wing - in the range of 1.1-1.8 cm. Antennae short, threadlike, and in the back of the lower leg female fragrant machine. Male painted in brown, pink or brown color, with two light strips. Color females - from gray to gray-brown on the front wings two dark stripes, sometimes only slightly outlined. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, 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, Central European, European southern taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Kola, Krasnoyarsk, Pribaikalskiy, Seaside (?), Sakhalin, the North Urals, the Volga-Average, Average Urals, South West Siberian Yuzhno-Kuril, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Italy (mainland), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway (mainland) Poland, Russia, Romania, Northern Ireland, Sicily, Slovakia, Ukraine, Finland,France (mainland), Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • The area - a fair Europe. Northern Europe and Siberia, and Sakhalin. In the mountains - up to 1500 m. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • June July [86]. Shamil Murtazin.
  • Flight of adults: from late May to early August. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • In the southern Urals locally found in mountainous taiga forests. [86] Personal communication. Shamil Murtazin.
  • Phymatopus hecta flies over the marshes, heath, glades yes forest edges. He prefers all other sparse deciduous-mixed forest. Males start years already late in the evening, females later. In the light fly badly. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • C August to April. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Calluna, Primula, Rumex, etc. [86]. Shamil Murtazin.
  • The roots of sour sorrel and heather, and other herbaceous plants. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Larvae are pale, whitish or grayish, live in the roots of their body tapers towards the end. By pupation caterpillar leaves and roots native podpolzet closer to the ground surface. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Phymatopus hecta


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Nikolai Vladimirov.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Shamil Murtazin.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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29.01.2014 13:38, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

07.12.2013 23:17, Shamil Murtazin

Hmm ... I think "private message" - goes to the admin's discretion. More info imago Please put down the source of 86 ...

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