Seq # 603420020

Mesotype parallelolineata (Retzius, 1783) Species

Last modified: Oct. 10, 2023, 6:59 p.m.

A very rare and local species that is occasionally seen in LX. A good healthy population was discovered in 2023 in the great area around Meix-devant-Virton in the Gaume.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Larentiinae > Tribus: Perizomini > Genus: Mesotype > Species: Mesotype parallelolineata
Vernacular names
Zwartstreepspanner (NL), La Larentie parallèle (FR), Parallelbindiger Kräuterspanner (DE)
Mesotype vespertaria (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775), nec (Fabr., 1775)
First mention in Belgium
Fologne E. 1859a. Lépidoptères. Catalogue des Phalénidées. Deuxième partie. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 3: 107–132. On page 108.




Wingspan: 24–26 mm.
Forewings crossed by two brown parallel lines and, usually, three black dots on the antemarginal line.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Overwinters in the egg stage. The adults are easily disturbed during daytime. The adults come very early to light after dark.

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Flight periods

The adults are on the wing, usually from late August till mid-September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Prunus spinosa
Host plant (genera):
Galium, Saxifraga, Rumex, Taraxacum, Prenanthes, Campanula, Plantago, Rhamnus, Populus and Corylus

The polyphagous caterpillar develops on various shrubs and low plants like Galium, Rumex, Taraxacum, Sorbus, Corylus, Rhamnus, or Populus.

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It is found in light woods and shrubby wastelands.

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