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Ourapteryx sambucaria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Ourapteryx sambucaria)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Geometroidea family Geometridae subfamily Ennominae tribe Ourapterygini genus Ourapteryx → species Ourapteryx sambucaria

Species name(s)

Ourapteryx sambucaria (Linnaeus, 1758) = Phalaena sambucaria Linnaeus, 1758.

Swallow-tailed Moth.



This species marks on the maps: 3.

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; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky*; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky.

* An asterisk denotes a region for which the species is listed as an migrant or information that requires additional checking.

Forewing length

23—25 mm.

Primary colors

Orange, 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  (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Detailed information with references


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland,Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), 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, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Lower Volga, Prealtay, Mid-Volzhsky, Average -Uralsky, Sredneobskaya, South West Siberian (?), South Ural. [3].
  • Ареал — умеренная Европа. [85].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Переднее крыло до 2,5 см, желтовато-белая окраска, нежно-коричневые поперечные полоски на крыльях и маленькие хвостики на задних крыльях с милыми пятнышками у основания — и правда красивая пяденица. [85].

General info about Imago

  • Летает по садам и заливным лугам, лиственным лесам. [85].

Imago lifespan

  • Бабочка летает с середины июня до конца июля. [85].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Sambucus, Hedera, Lonicera. [28].
  • Бузина с ломоносом. [85].

Larva lifespan

  • Гусеницу крылохвостки можно найти с августа по июнь (зимует). [85].

Overwintering stage

  • Гусеница. [85].


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Photos: Evgeny Komarov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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