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)

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.


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


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]


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.


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


  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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