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Idaea rusticata (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: May 6, 2022, 9:25 a.m.

A not so common species throughout Belgium, more observed in the Kempen and in the southern part of the country.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Sterrhinae > Tribus: Sterrhini > Genus: Idaea > Species: Idaea rusticata
Vernacular names
Schaduwstipspanner (NL), Least Carpet (EN), La Phalène rustique, l'Acidalie rustique (FR), Südlicher Zwergspanner (DE)
Idaea vulpinaria (Herrich-Schäffer, 1852)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1844. Énumération des insectes Lépidoptères de la Belgique. — Mémoires de la Société royale des Sciences de Liége 2: 1–35. On page 18.




Wingspan: 15–21 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as larva and pupates in a cocoon among plant debris.
The adults are active at dusk and during the night. They come to light and sugar.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year; from June till well into October.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Alyssum saxatile
Host plant (genera):
Hedera and Clematis

The larva lives on fallen leaves.

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