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Selidosema brunnearia (De Villers, 1789) Species

Last modified: April 15, 2021, 10:39 a.m.

A very rare and local species in LI, only known from very old records. More than likely extinct.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Ennominae > Tribus: Boarmiini > Genus: Selidosema > Species: Selidosema brunnearia
Vernacular names
Bruine heispanner (NL), Bordered Grey (EN), La Boarmie brune (FR), Purpurgrauer Heide-Tagspanner (DE)
Selidosema ericetaria (De Villers, 1789) and Selidosema plumaria sensu auct.
First mention in Belgium
Breyer A. 1859. Catalogue des Phalénidées. Première partie. — Annales de la Société entomologique belge 3: 93–106. On page 99.




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly from half July till late August in one generation a year. They are active from dusk onwards and later come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Lotus corniculatus
Host plant (genera):
Calluna and Rumex

The larva lives on Calluna vulgaris, Cytisus, Rumex and Lotus. Hibernates as a young larva on the food plant and pupates later in a cocoon among plant debris.

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