Orthonama vittata

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Oblique carpet
Orhtonama vittata FvL.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Orthonama
Species: O. vittata
Binomial name
Orthonama vittata
(Borkhausen, 1794)
Synonyms

Geometra lignata Hübner, 1799
Orthonama vittatum (lapsus)

Orthonama vittata, the oblique carpet, is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found throughout Palearctic ecozone.

Distribution[edit]

It is found from the Arctic Circle across Europe and Central Asia to Siberia. It occurs In addition in Turkey and Kazakhstan.

Description[edit]

The wingspan is 23–26 mm. The length of the forewings is 11–14 mm.The ground colour of the forewings is light brownish-white. There are several almost parallel to the hind margin cross-lines . In the midfield, a narrow dark band is present. A black distal dividing line joins the apex. At the margin is a line composed of small black dots. The hindwings are paler coloured and provided with several poorly developed dark lines. All wings show a small black discal fleck.[1][2]

Biology[edit]

The moth flies from the beginning of May to mid September [1].

The caterpillars feed on various species of bedstraw.

Habitat: prefers moist meadows, forest clearings and coastal wetlands.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The flight season refers to Belgium and The Netherlands. This may vary in other parts of the range.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peder Skou, 1997 The Geometroid Moths of North Europe: Lepidoptera - Drepanidae and Geometridae (Entomonograph) Brill Archive ISBN 978-90-04-07859-8
  2. ^ Prout , L.B. 1912–16. Geometridae. In A. Seitz (ed.) The Macrolepidoptera of the World. The Palaearctic Geometridae, 4. 479 pp. Alfred Kernen, Stuttgart.

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