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Eupithecia icterata (De Villers, 1789) Species

Last modified: May 7, 2024, 5:05 p.m.

A rare species throughout Belgium, mainly observed in the Kempen and the southern part.

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


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Larentiinae > Tribus: Eupitheciini > Genus: Eupithecia > Species: Eupithecia icterata
Vernacular names
Oranje dwergspanner (NL), Tawny Speckled Pug (EN), L'Eupithécie frappée (FR), Schafgarben-Blütenspanner (DE)
Eupithecia oxydata (Treitschke, 1828)
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 17.




Wingspan 20–23 mm.

Museum specimens

Specimens in nature


Hibernates as pupa among plant debris.
The moths are active from dusk onwards and later come to light.

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Flight periods

The adults fly in late May till late September.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Achillea millefolium and Achillea ptarmica
Herbaceous plants

The larva lives on the flowers and the leaves of Achillea millefolium or Achillea ptarmica. Also on other herbaceous plants like Artemisia vulgaris and Tanacetum vulgare.

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Suitable habitats are sandy soils with poor grasslands in which their host plants occur.

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