Aspitates gilvaria

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Aspitates gilvaria
Aspitates gilvaria Kurjenrahka.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Aspitates
Species: A. gilvaria
Binomial name
Aspitates gilvaria
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
  • Geometra gilvaria Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775

The Straw Belle (Aspitates gilvaria) is a moth of the Geometridae family. It is found from Europe to the eastern part of the Palearctic ecozone.

The wingspan is 25–30 mm.The graduated buff colour forewing has a red or brown diagonal slash from the wing tip to the inside edge.The hindwings are white with a faint diagonal grey streak and a dot on the upper surface. The male has combed antennae. The female is more mottled than the male and has less combed antennae.

Adults are on wing from July to August.

The larvae feed on various herbaceous plants, including Potentilla, Thymus, Andromeda polifolia and possibly Empetrum nigrum, Rubus chamaemorus and Vaccinium uliginosum.


  • Aspitates gilvaria gilvaria
  • Aspitates gilvaria fenica (Fuchs, 1899)
  • Aspitates gilvaria orientaria (Alphéraky, 1892)
  • Aspitates gilvaria burrenensis Cockayne, 1951 Darker than nominate.Longer hindwing stripe. Burren, Ireland.


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