Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) ➔ Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods) ➔ Class Insecta (Insects) ➔ Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and moths) ➔ Family Geometridae (Inchworm moths)

Odezia atrata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Schwarzspanner Chimney Sweeper

Synonyms:

Phalaena atrata Linnaeus, 1758 [original combination] |

  • Odezia atrata  5413
    Odezia atrata (Linnaeus, 1758)  Schwarzspanner  Chimney Sweeper 
    Odezia atrata; det. Jörg Döring
    DE, Chemnitz, Stadtpark; 2012-06-27 14:17:31
    Image number: 5413

    DE, Chemnitz, Stadtpark
    2012-06-27 14:17:31
    det. Jörg Döring
  • Odezia atrata  8792
    Odezia atrata (Linnaeus, 1758)  Schwarzspanner  Chimney Sweeper 
    Odezia atrata
    DE, Chemnitz, Stadtpark; 2019-06-21 13:48:53
    Image number: 8792

    DE, Chemnitz, Stadtpark
    2019-06-21 13:48:53


Further vernacular names:
Chimney Sweep
Classification:
Odezia atrata belongs to the subfamily Larentiinae, tribe Chesiadini.
Distribution:
Europe, eastwards in the temperate zone to Sakhalin and Japan.
Habitat:
Wet meadows, clearings in alluvial forests, mountain meadows, in the Alps up to altitudes of 2400 m.
Description:
Odezia atrata has a forewing length of 12 - 15 mm. The wingspan is about 23 - 30 mm. Body, forewings and hindwings are black. Only the apex of the forewings is white hemmed. In older specimens the white fringes at the wing tips may be missing. The moths are unmistakable.
Biology:
The Chimney Sweeper Odezia atrata forms one generation per year. The diurnal moths fly from the end of May to July. They feed on nectar and are often found on flowers.
Odezia atrata hibernates as egg. The caterpillars live and develop on umbellifers (Apiaceae). Food plants are Chaerophyllum, Anthriscus sylvestris (cow parsley), Aegopodium podagraria (ground elder) and Conopodium majus. The caterpillars pupate in the soil.

References, further reading, links:
  1. Bestimmungshilfe des Lepiforums