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Diaphora mendica (Clerck, 1759)

Самец  (Diaphora mendica)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Erebidae subfamily Arctiinae tribe Arctiini subtribe Arctiina genus Diaphora → species Diaphora mendica

Species name(s)

Diaphora mendica (Clerck, 1759) = Phalaena mendica Clerck, 1759 = Bombyx lubricipeda Poda, 1761 = Diacrisia inversa Caradja, 1898 = Diacrisia binaghii Turati, 1910 = sabulosa Derenne, 1929 = circumpunctata Cockayne, 1949 = lineata Cockayne, 1951 = Diacrisia mendica.

Muslin Moth.



This species marks on the maps: 4.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #2. Kolsky; #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; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #15. Severo-Uralsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky*; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #25. Tuvinsky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #27. Pribaikalsky.

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

Forewing length

18—20 mm.

Primary colors

Orange, 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

Самец и самка  (Diaphora mendica)

Detailed information with references


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Albania, Andorra, 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)Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, 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-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Kola, Krasnoyarsk, Prealtay, of Baikal, Pribaikalskiy,North Urals, the Volga-Average, Average Urals (?) Sredneobskaya, Tuva, South West Siberian, South Ural. [3].
  • Ареал — умеренная Европа. В Центральной Европе — дизъюнктивно. [85].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Длина переднего крыла — около 2 см. Самцы меньше самок, серо-коричневые, самки крупнее и белые, у обоих полов черные пятна на крыльях, а у самцов еще и гребневидные усики. [85].

General info about Imago

  • Нищенки летают в сухой песчаной местности, к примеру в сосновых борах. [85].

Imago lifespan

  • Время встречи: середина мая — начало июля. [85].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Betula, Salix, Urtica, Rumex, Chenopodium, Atriplex, Trifolium, Lythrum, Chamaenerion, Impatiens noli-tangere, Stachys, Lamium, Galeopsis, Plantago. [28].
  • Щавель, яснотка, кульбаба. [85].

Larva lifespan

  • Гусеницы Diaphora mendica живут с июля по август. [85].


  • Куколка: в сером паутинном коконе на почве; зимует. [85].


  • Куколка. [85].

Subspecies of Diaphora mendica


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