Seq # 603520155

Eupithecia goossensiata Mabille, 1869 Species

Last modified: April 15, 2021, 1:26 p.m.

The taxonomic position of this species has been confusing. It was synonymized with Eupithecia absinthiata but constant, though small, differences in the DNA of both species led to the decision to regard it as a separate species.


Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Larentiinae > Tribus: Eupitheciini > Genus: Eupithecia > Species: Eupithecia goossensiata
Vernacular names
Struikheidedwergspanner (NL), Goossens' Heidekraut-Blütenspanner (DE)




Length 14–16 mm, constantly smaller than the larva of Eupithecia absinthiata (18–20 mm); more rosy-reddish than the larva of E. absinthiata and with five more strongly contrasting dorsal spots.

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Flight periods

One generation a year: from mid-July to mid-August.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Calluna vulgaris
Host plant (genera):
Solidago and Artemisia

Oligophagous, but preferably on Calluna vulgaris.

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Heathland, moorland, peat-bogs, forest edges with abundant Calluna growth.

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