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Pheosia tremula (Clerck, 1759)

Имаго  (Pheosia tremula)


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

Species name(s)

Pheosia tremula (Clerck, 1759) = Phalaena dictaea Linnaeus, 1767 = Bombyx dictaea.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #2. Kolsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #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; #27. Pribaikalsky.

Forewing length

25—30 mm.


50—60 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

Самец  (Pheosia tremula)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing - from 2.5 to 3 cm. Differences from related species are relatively large in size and cloves from the scales on the back edge of the front wing. FromPheosia gnomaPh. tremula characterized by the absence of white triangular spot. Females are larger than males, and the wings of both sexes there is a "porcelain" plaque. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Wingspan: 50-60 mm. Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part of 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, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Kola, Krasnoyarsk, Prealtay, Pribaikalskiy, Mid-Volzhsky , Average Urals, Sredneobskaya,South West Siberian, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg , Moldova, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland,Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Habitat types - the whole of Europe to the Arctic Circle in the north. In the Alps - at altitudes up to 1,600 meters. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • From late April to mid-June and mid-July to mid-August - two generations. However, the second generation does not always happen. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Venues: aspen Corydalis fly at night in the floodplain and mixed forests, in parks and in wet areas - where different types of growing poplars. Because of cultural plantations of poplars butterflies sometimes fall into a mass reproduction. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • The first generation of caterpillars Pheosia tremula live from September to early October, the second - from June to July. Representatives of the first and second generations may overlap in time and space. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Populus, Salix, Betula. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Black poplar and aspen, hybrid species of poplar, willow and birch. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Larvae yellow, green or brown pattern, but always smooth. For pupation the larvae burrow into the soft soil. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Pheosia tremula


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vitaly Gumenuk, Irina Nikulina.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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23.05.2015 20:33, Vasiliy Feoktistov Corrected data.

Wingspan: No formalized data → 50—60 mm.

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