Angerona prunaria

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Orange moth
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Typical individual
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Mounted individual
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Angerona
Species: A. prunaria
Binomial name
Angerona prunaria
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Angerona prunaria, the orange moth, is a lepidoptera from the family Geometridae, the geometer moths.


Angerona prunaria is a relatively large and prominent representatives of the family. The moths can reach a wingspan of 35-45 mm, rarely up to 56 mm. the males are usually slightly smaller than the females.

The ground colour is red to orange or yellow. There is a fine gray to almost black cross stippling and a transverse vein spot in females. The fringes have dark spots. The species is very variable. The males of this species are brighter in colour than the females, both sexes can be found in the typical plain orange form, as well as f. corylaria, which exhibits an orange band on a dark brown ground colour.

The moth prefers forest areas and is found in central and northern Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

The flight time is May to July.

The larva feeds on Prunus spinosa, Lonicera xylosteum , Populus tremula, Frangula dodonei and Vaccinium myrtillus.


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