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Alsophila aescularia (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775)

Имаго  (Alsophila aescularia)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Geometroidea family Geometridae subfamily Alsophilinae genus Alsophila → species Alsophila aescularia

Species name(s)

Alsophila aescularia (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775) = Geometra aescularia Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = Phalaena hirtaria Fabricius, 1776 = Phalaena hirsutaria Fabricius, 1781 = Geometra apteraria Haworth, 1809 = Phalaena (Geometra) murinaria = Phalaena (Geometra) liustriaria. [9, 10]

March Moth.



This species marks on the maps: 2.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky.

Forewing length

13—16 mm.

Primary colors


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  (Alsophila aescularia)

Detailed information with references


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of France, Czech Republic Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Lithuania Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands,Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Northern Ireland, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, Central European, European southern taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Mid-Volzhsky, South Ural. [3].
  • Moderate Europe. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing from 1.3 to 1.6 cm color from gray to brown, cross-toothed strips, rear wings at all without a pattern. Females are wingless, dark, almost black, with long legs: bad run. [5].

General info about Imago

  • Butterflies are found mixed-deciduous forests. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • Fly Elm Moth begins in February and continues until early May. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Quercus, Betula, Prunus, Fagus, Ulmus, Salix. [28].
  • Fruit and deciduous trees. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • Caterpillars are found from April to July [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Winters doll. [5].

Subspecies of Alsophila aescularia


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

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Text data: Peter Khramov.

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