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Xanthorhoe montanata (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: May 7, 2024, 5:34 p.m.

A fairly common species throughout Belgium.

This species is considered Near Threatened according to the IUCN Red List category for Flanders 2023.


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




Wingspan 24–28 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as larva and pupates in a cocoon in loose earth.
The moths become active from dusk onwards and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly usually in one generation a year from May till July. When conditions are favourable, a second generation may occur.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Galium and Primula
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on herbaceous plants like Galium.

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