Geometridae: Ennominae

07796 Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia (=bistortata), ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

BF1947 (ABH70.270)


General Information

This is a very variable species.


This is no longer considered to be a separate species from the Small Engrailed.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 15-22mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), birches (Betula spp.), Hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), sallows (Salix spp.), Broom (Cytisus scoparius), Purging Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), Spindle (Euonymus europaeus), Wild Privet (Ligustrum vulgare), broadleaved trees, broadleaved shrubs
Flying: Two/three generations, March-May, June-August and September-October
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Woodland, heathland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Engrailed sp. Ectropis crepuscularia
Brindled White-spot Parectropis similaria

Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Brown, grey, black, red, orange, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs: