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Arctornis l-nigrum (Muller, 1764)

Имаго  (Arctornis l-nigrum)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Erebidae subfamily Lymantriinae tribe Arctornithini genus Arctornis → species Arctornis l-nigrum

Species name(s)

Arctornis l-nigrum (Muller, 1764) = Phalaena l-nigrum Müller, 1764 = pusillata Dannehl, 1926 = Bombyx v-nigrum Fabricius, 1775 = Bombyx nivosa Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

17—22 mm.

Primary colors

Green, 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  (Arctornis l-nigrum)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Fore wing length varies from 1.7 to 2.2 cm, but with a difference such a large range of floors is not connected (except the male antennae are longer and the body of a minor). The color of the wings - a pale green, with a black mark in the form of letter L. In a bit like a black ElLeucoma salicissuch marks there and the wings pure white color, greenish without impurities. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of France, Czech Republic Switzerland, Sweden and Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, Central European, Trans-Baikal, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Nizhne-Amur, Pribaikalskiy, Seaside, Mid-Amur, Mid-Volzhsky, South Urals. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania , Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, the Netherlands, the Channel Islands, Poland,Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Moderate Europe. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • From mid-June to early August. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Arctornis l-nigrum flying night-deciduous mixed forests with a preference for a more sunny areas, on slopes and valleys. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • From September to May. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Salix. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Linden, beech, oak and other deciduous trees. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar hibernates in a nest of thin webs between the leaves. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Arctornis l-nigrum


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vitaly Gumenuk, Nikolai Vladimirov.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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30.01.2014 22:13, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Caterpillar lifespan: No formalized data → January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December. Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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