Lycia zonaria

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Lycia zonaria
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Illustration from John Curtis's British Entomology Volume 6
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Lycia
Species: L. zonaria
Binomial name
Lycia zonaria
(Dennis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Synonyms
  • Geometra zonaria Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775
  • Ithysia britannica Harrison, 1912
  • Ithysia rossica Harrison, 1910
  • Nyssia zonaria

Lycia zonaria, the belted beauty, is a moth of the Geometridae family. It is found in most of Europe.

Male
Female

Distribution[edit]

Lycia zonaria is found from Central Europe East to the Urals (Russia). The populations in England and Wales are ssp. britannica, those from the Urals are ssp. rossica . The nominate subspecies is found in the South West of Spain and France, but is missing in the Mediterranean.The Northern occurrence ranges to Denmark and southern Sweden.

Description[edit]

The wingspan is 27–30 mm. Females are wingless.Males: variable, but always easy to recognize. Characteristic are the dark veins and broad dark distal area, bounded proximally and traversed by sharply white lines. female: distinguished by its yellowish abdominal belts. The rudimentary white wings are common to the genus.

Biology[edit]

Adult males are on wing from March to April.

The larvae feed on a range of low-growing plants, including Salix repens and Rosa pimpinellifolia.

The species is a typical resident of dry grassland, occurring at forest edges, sandy slopes and heaths.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Lycia zonaria zonaria
  • Lycia zonaria rossica (Harrison, 1910)
  • Lycia zonaria britannica (Harrison, 1912)

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