Geometridae: Larentiinae

08227 Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

BF1718 (ABH70.039)


General Information

Forewing grey or grey-brown and rather pointed, quite sharply in female, which is generally smaller. Dark cross-bands before and after central dot are of more or less thickness, and are edged with greyish white. There is usually a short, dark, narrow diagonal dash at wing tip, not reaching the dark cross-bands.


Overwinters as a pupa, in a cocoon on the surface of the ground among plant debris.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 10-12mm.
Foodplant(s): Lady's Bedstraw (Galium verum)
Flying: Two generations, May-June and August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Breckland of Norfolk and Suffolk, limestone and coastal sand-dunes.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Oblique Carpet Orthonama vittata
Gotse Delchev, SW Bulgaria, 4th July 2008
Gotse Delchev, SW Bulgaria, 4th July 2008
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Many-lined Costaconvexa polygrammata

Larva Type:
Brown, yellow, white, green
No. of Proleg Pairs: