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Drymonia ruficornis (Hufnagel, 1766)

Самец  (Drymonia ruficornis)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Notodontidae subfamily Notodontinae tribe Notodontini genus Drymonia → species Drymonia ruficornis

Species name(s)

Drymonia ruficornis (Hufnagel, 1766) = Bombyx ruficornis Hufnagel, 1766 = confusa Hufnagel, 1767 = chaonia (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) = Noctua roboris Fabricius, 1777 = Drymonia ruficornis grisea Turati, 1907 = Drymonia ruficornis vivida Zerny, 1927 = Drymonia ruficornis moghrebana Lucas, 1933 = centralariae Gómez Bustillo, 1977 = Drymonia concolor Daniel 1939 = Drymonia ruficomis (Hufnagel, 1766).


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky.

Forewing length

19—21 mm.

Primary colors

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

Имаго  (Drymonia ruficornis)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing reaches 2.1 cm. A characteristic feature - 3 jagged black and white lines with a black spot in the shape of a crescent between the end of them. Males - long mustache comb. Do representatives f. lunula there is a noticeable white box. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part of France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, the European Central Black Earth, Central European, Kaliningrad, Mid-Volzhsky. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Lithuania , Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands,Poland, Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, Northern Ireland, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • The area: the whole of Europe, in the north - to central Sweden. In the east the area reaches Japan itself, and in the South - to North Africa. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Imago Drymonia ruficornis flies from late April to mid-May. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • The butterfly inhabits dry deciduous-mixed forest, preferring oak, flying only a few hours a day, late at night, so, although it can not be called a very rare, the local name for it is unknown. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • Since the end of May to June. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Quercus. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Oak leaves. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Hairless, elementary age light yellow, later - green with yellow stripes. Active at night, when fed on the upper side of leaves, the afternoon is hiding on the underside. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Drymonia ruficornis


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Andrey Ponomarev, Natalia Demchenko.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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28.12.2016 19:44, Alexandr Zhakov The taxons were merged.

Drymonia ruficornis and Drymonia ruficomis were merged.

28.12.2016 19:43, Alexandr Zhakov The taxons were merged.

Drymonia ruficornis and Drymonia concolor were merged.

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