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Biston strataria (Hufnagel, 1767)

Самец  (Biston strataria)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Geometroidea family Geometridae subfamily Ennominae tribe Bistonini genus Biston → species Biston strataria

Species name(s)

Biston strataria (Hufnagel, 1767) = Phalaena strataria Hufnagel, 1767 = Geometra prodromaria Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = Biston stratarius (Hufnagel, 1767). [9, 10]

Oak Beauty.



This species marks on the maps: 4.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #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; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky.

Forewing length

18—20 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

Over-wintering stage


Самец  (Biston strataria)

Detailed information with references


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

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The size of the front wing (2 cm) and large stocky body resemblesBiston betularia, but differs in that the two transverse strips clear and prominent (and still smaller size). For male characteristic mustache comb. [5].

General info about Imago

  • The butterfly is found in large gardens and parks, and in sparse forests and water meadows. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • C mid-March to mid-May. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Quercus. [28].
  • Linden, oak, poplar and fruit trees. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • The caterpillars live in May-July. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Winters doll. [5].

Subspecies of Biston strataria


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Nikolai Vladimirov.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.



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12.12.2014 15:56, Alexandr Zhakov The taxons were merged.

Biston strataria and Biston stratarius were merged.

30.01.2014 19:58, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Pupa.

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