Geometridae: Larentiinae

1718 (ABH70.039) Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata, (Hufnagel, 1767)


Female, Carmarthenshire
Female, Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Female, Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell

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: Nationally Scarce B


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

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2013

Recorded date range (Adult): 23 August to 24 August

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Oblique Carpet Orthonama vittata
ex Norfolk, 2006
ex Norfolk, 2006
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Many-lined Costaconvexa polygrammata

Nationally Scarce B

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