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Elophila nymphaeata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Elophila nymphaeata)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Pyraloidea family Crambidae subfamily Acentropinae genus Elophila → species Elophila nymphaeata

Species name(s)

Elophila nymphaeata (Linnaeus, 1758) = Phalaena (Geometra) nymphaeata Linnaeus, 1758 = Phalaena nymphaealis Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = Nymphula nymphaeata = Nymphula nymphaeta.


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; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #21. Severo-Yeniseisky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #25. Tuvinsky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #31. Yuzhno-Yakutsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

14—16 mm.


22—33 mm.

Primary colors

Yellow, 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

Over-wintering stage


Имаго  (Elophila nymphaeata)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Nymphula nymphaeata [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Nymphula nymphaeta [11]. Peter Khramov.

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing - 1.6 cm. The females are larger than males, but the pattern on the wings of their less clear. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • The silver-white front wings with brown pattern and golden yellow outer edge. The wingspan of up to 30 mm. [11]. Peter Khramov.
  • Wingspan: 22-33 mm. Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, 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, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny-Amur, Lower Volga, of Baikal,Pribaikalskiy, Seaside, North Yenisei, Mid-Amur, the Volga-Average, Average Urals, Sredneobskaya, Tuva, South West Siberian, South Ural, South Yakutia. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Austria, Baleares, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland) Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway (mainland)Channel Islands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • All of Europe, where there are suitable reservoirs, except for the extreme north. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Two generations: June and August-September. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Mid summer. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Venues of adults - the banks of lakes and ponds with lush coastal vegetation. At rest, butterflies hover in coastal thickets, his head (unlikeParapoynx stagnalis, which sit right). [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Flying near water. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • From July to August and from September to May of next year. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Bolotnotsvetnik, amphibious knotweed, pondweed, small lily pads. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Pondweed (Potamogeton), water lily (Nymphaea), sparganium (Sparganium) Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Additional info about Larva

  • First Caterpillars mine stems and leaves, and later devour the leaf surface and build from pieces Case consists of leaves about 2 cm long, in which they will later pupate under water. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • The caterpillar lives on various aquatic plants, the leaves of which it undermines the first. More adult caterpillar will live in Case consists, which later pupate. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar. [5]. Peter Khramov.


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vitaly Gumenuk, Irina Nikulina.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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24.06.2015 12:32, Vasiliy Feoktistov Corrected data.

Wingspan: No formalized data → 22—33 mm.

30.01.2014 19:06, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Forewing length: No formalized data → 14—16 mm. Flight time: No formalized data → June, August, September. Caterpillar lifespan: No formalized data → January, February, March, April, May, July, August, September, October, November, December. Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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