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Charissa obscurata (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) Species

Last modified: Oct. 3, 2023, 8:19 p.m.

A very rare and local species in Belgium, known mainly from the southern part of the country.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Ennominae > Tribus: Gnophini > Genus: Charissa > Subgenus: Charissa > Species: Charissa obscurata
Vernacular names
Heide-oogspanner (NL), Annulet (EN), La Gnophos obscure (FR), Trockenrasen-Steinspanner (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 16.




Wingspan: 254–32 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as a small larva near the base of the food plant.
Pupates on the ground amongst plant debris or in earth.
The adults are active from dusk onwards and later attracted to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in one generation a year usually from mid-July till early September, but sometimes even to early October. Biggest numbers during August.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on a variety of herbaceous plants, but with a preference for Calluna vulgaris.

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