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Ematurga atomaria (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Dec. 17, 2022, 2:37 p.m.

A common species throughout Belgium, especially in the Kempen and the south of the country.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Ennominae > Tribus: Boarmiini > Genus: Ematurga > Species: Ematurga atomaria
Vernacular names
Gewone heispanner (NL), Common Heath (EN), La Phalène picotée (FR), Heidespanner (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 22–30 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



Hibernates as a pupa in a loose cocoon on or underground.
The adults are active during daytime and come sparsely to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in two generations a year: in mid April-June and again in July-August.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Calluna, Erica and Trifolium

The larva lives on various species of low plants and bushes like: Calluna, Erica or Trifolium.

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