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Xanthorhoe montanata (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Jan. 15, 2023, 8:13 a.m.

A common species throughout Belgium.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Larentiinae > Tribus: Xanthorhoini > Genus: Xanthorhoe > Species: Xanthorhoe montanata
Vernacular names
Geoogde bandspanner (NL), Silver-ground carpet (EN), La Mélanthie montagnarde (FR), Schwarzbraunbinden-Blattspanner (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 (as Melanthia montanaria Wv.). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature

Flight periods

The adults fly usually in one generation a year; from May till July. When conditions are favourable, a second generation may occur. They become active from dusk onwards and later come to light.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Galium and Primula
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on herbaceous plants like Galium. Hibernates as larva and pupates in a cocoon in loose earth.

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