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Phytometra viridaria (Clerck, 1759)

Имаго  (Phytometra viridaria)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Erebidae subfamily Phytometrinae genus Phytometra → species Phytometra viridaria

Species name(s)

Phytometra viridaria (Clerck, 1759) = Phalaena viridaria Clerck, 1759 = Phalaena purpurata Linnaeus, 1761 = Phalaena laccata Scopoli, 1763 = Phalaena lanceata Scopoli, 1763 = Noctua aenea Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = Noctua olivacea Vieweg, 1790 = latruncula Esper, [1791] = suffusa Tutt, 1892 = fusca Tutt, 1892 = purpurina Vorbrodt, 1917 = hoffmanni Stauder, 1924 = faecata Stauder, 1924 = lunghali Nordström, 1933 = lutargina Schawerda & Stättermayer, 1934 = semipurpurea Kiefer, 1941 = reducta Lempke, 1949.


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; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #25. Tuvinsky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #31. Yuzhno-Yakutsky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

9—10 mm.

Primary colors

Red, Yellow, Brown/Gray/Black.

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

Имаго  (Phytometra viridaria)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Front wing - up to 1 cm in length. Inside, in the root zone is a greenish-brown, close outwards - red-brown. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Krasnoyarsk, Prealtay, of Baikal, Seaside, Mid-Volzhsky,Average Urals, Sredneobskaya, Tuva, South West Siberian, South Ural, South Yakutia. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Andorra, the Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland ), Corsica, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands,Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Northern Ireland, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Disjunctive distribution in Europe (the locus istoda not above 2000 m). [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Red and green shovel gives two generations. The first generation: April-July. The second generation in August. In less-favored areas it provides only one generation. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Places volley - meadows, glades. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • Caterpillars live from August to September, and from June to July. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Polygala vulgaris. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Istoda (Polygala). [5]. Peter Khramov.


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Andrej Makara, Andrey Ponomarev.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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