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Cybosia mesomella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Cybosia mesomella)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Erebidae subfamily Arctiinae tribe Lithosiini subtribe Lithosiina genus Cybosia → species Cybosia mesomella

Species name(s)

Cybosia mesomella (Linnaeus, 1758) = Phalaena mesomella Linnaeus, 1758 = Noctua eborina Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = Phalaena quatrilis Geoffroy, 1785 = Noctua eborea Esper, 1787 = Lithosia lutarella Haworth, 1809 = Cybosia mesomella eremella Vorbrodt, 1914 = mesomellula Strand, 1922 = albida Catherine, 1922 = obscura Lempke, 1961.

Four-dotted Footman


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; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #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.

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

Forewing length

15—17 mm.


26—34 mm.

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  (Cybosia mesomella)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing reaches 1.7 cm. Sami wings gray, with a yellow border and a pair of spaced black spots on each forewing. From other species differs lishaynits wider front wings, but it becomes noticeable only while examining specimens of two kinds. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Wingspan: 26-34 mm. Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the Soviet Union - the European part, 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 (?), Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Kola (?), Krasnoyarsk, Prealtay, of Baikal, Pribaikalskiy, Mid-Volzhsky, Mid-Ural (?) Sredneobskaya (?), South-West-Siberian, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands,Poland, Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Habitat types - the whole of Europe to 84 ° N. w. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Flight of time: June-July. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • June August Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Beautiful lishaynitsa flies through the floodplain forests, swamps and meadows in dry-mixed deciduous and pine forests. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • August-May. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Leontodon autumnalis, Lichens, Vaccinium uliginosum. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Lichens on the ground, liverworts (Jungermannia). [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Lichens (Lichenes), Yungermanniya (Jungermannia), blueberry (Vaccínium uliginosum) Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Overwintering stage

  • Winters caterpillar, under the protection of lichen. [5]. Peter Khramov.


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vladimir Bryukhov, Vitaly Gumenuk.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.



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19.06.2015 6:42, Vasiliy Feoktistov Corrected data.

Wingspan: No formalized data → 26—34 mm. Flight time: June, July → June, July, August.

30.01.2014 22:13, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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