Geometridae: Sterrhinae

08211 Vestal Rhodometra sacraria, (Linnaeus, 1767)

BF1716 (ABH70.038)


General Information

Quite variable in colour, but forewing pattern and upright resting position make it easily recognisable.

Overwinters as Doesn't overwinter in the UK.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 12-14mm.
Foodplant(s): Knotgrass (Polygonium aviculare), herbaceous plants
Flying: Arriving April-November (mostly August-October)
UK Presence: Immigrant
National status:


Warm, sunny open places.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.1%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in June 2013

Recorded date range (Adult): 14 June to 14 June

Similar Species
Gotse Delchev, 3rd May 2014. Mv trap. Male.
Gotse Delchev, 3rd May 2014. Mv trap. Male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia (=Semiaspilates)

Larva Type:
Green, brown, red
No. of Proleg Pairs: