Seq # 603130020

Rheumaptera subhastata (Nolcken, 1870) Species

Last modified: July 15, 2023, 2:10 p.m.

A very rare, very local and declining species, nearly confined to some restricted peat moor areas in the eastern part of the country (e.g Hautes Fagnes, Plateau des Tailles).


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Larentiinae > Tribus: Rheumapterini > Genus: Rheumaptera > Species: Rheumaptera subhastata
Vernacular names
Kleine speerpuntspanner (NL), White-banded Black Moth (EN), La Mélanippe du Myrtillier (FR), Kleiner Speerspanner (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Lambillion L.-J. 1900–1913. Catalogue des Lépidoptères de Belgique. — Revue mensuelle de la Société entomologique namuroise Supplément: 1–464. On page 282.




Wingspan:26–28 mm.

Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


The pupa hibernates among plant debris. The adults fly during the day in sunshine.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from late April till early June. Main flight period around mid-May.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Betula, Ribes and Vaccinium

The larva is thought to be live here between spun leaves on Vaccinium myrtillus, possibly also on other Vaccinium species.

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