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Harpyia milhauseri (Fabricius, 1775)

Имаго  (Harpyia milhauseri)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Notodontidae subfamily Heterocampinae genus Harpyia → species Harpyia milhauseri

Species name(s)

Harpyia milhauseri (Fabricius, 1775) = Bombyx milhauseri Fabricius, 1775 = Bombyx terrifica [Schiffermüller], 1775 = vidua Knoch, 1781 = albida Daniel, 1932 = Hybocampa milhauseri.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky.

Forewing length

23—26 mm.

Primary colors

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

Личинка  (Harpyia milhauseri)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The length of the front wing of the stocky butterfly is 2.6 cm. The front wings are yellow, with a greenish-pollination, the rear - light, with a black spot. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part of France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Mid-Volzhsky. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Cyprus, Corsica Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland,Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden and Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Area - South, to a lesser extent Central Europe. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Flight from May to June. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Places volley: mixed forests and parks. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • Track Harpyia milhauseri live from mid-June to August. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Quercus. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Oak, beech and birch less. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Growing up, the larvae weave pieces of chopped wood cocoon, fix it in the cracks of trees at a height of one to two meters, and winter there at the pupal stage. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Overwintering stage

  • Pupa. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Harpyia milhauseri


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Andrej Makara, Paolo Mazzei.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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