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Aspitates gilvaria (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: May 16, 2024, 12:25 p.m.

A local and very rare species in the southern part of Belgium. It can be locally fairly common, especially in the limestone area.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Ennominae > Tribus: Aspitatini > Genus: Aspitates > Subgenus: Aspitates > Species: Aspitates gilvaria
Vernacular names
Strogele spanner (NL), Straw Belle (EN), L'Aspilate jaunâtre (FR), Einstreifiger Trockenrasenspanner (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 15.




Wingspan 29–31 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


The larva lives on various herbaceous plants.
Hibernates as a small larva and pupates in a flimsy spinning among grass vegetation.
The adults are attracted to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in July and August in one generation a year.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Pastinaca sativa
Host plant (genera):
Potentilla and Thymus
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on various herbaceous plants, e.g. Potentilla, Thymus.

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