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Idaea sylvestraria (Hübner, 1799) Species

Last modified: Feb. 18, 2023, 11:21 a.m.

A rare species in Belgium, mainly known from the Kempen and the south of the country.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Sterrhinae > Tribus: Sterrhini > Genus: Idaea > Species: Idaea sylvestraria
Vernacular names
Randstipspanner (NL), Dotted Bordered Wave (EN), L'Acidalie sylvestre (FR), Weißlichgrauer Zwergspanner (DE)
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: 16–23 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


It hibernates as larva and pupates in the ground.
The adults come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from end of May till end of August in one generation.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Taraxacum and Polygonum

The larva lives on different species of low herbaceous plants, like: Artemisia vulgaris, Polygonum, Taraxacum or Thymus.

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