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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. [5, 9, 10, 11]

Brown China-mark.



This species marks on the maps: 3.

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

Taxonomy, synonyms and combinations

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


  • 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].
  • 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].
  • 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].
  • All of Europe, where there are suitable reservoirs, except for the extreme north. [5].

Imago 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].
  • The silver-white front wings with brown pattern and golden yellow outer edge. The wingspan of up to 30 mm. [11].
  • Wingspan: 22-33 mm. [PC93].

General 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].
  • Flying near water. [11].

Imago lifespan

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

General 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].
  • 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].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Bolotnotsvetnik, amphibious knotweed, pondweed, small lily pads. [5].
  • Pondweed (Potamogeton), water lily (Nymphaea), sparganium (Sparganium) [PC93].

Larva lifespan

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

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar. [5].


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vitaly Gumenuk, Irina Nikulina.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.



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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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