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Phoenix Moth (Eulithis prunata)

The phoenix moth is a geometer moth found worldwide. Swedish entomologist Carl Linnaeus first described this species in 1758.

Phoenix Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Geometridae
  • Genus: Eulithis
  • Scientific Name: Eulithis prunata

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

It is green with a segmented body.

Phoenix Moth Caterpillar

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Pupa

After maturing, the larva begins to pupate.

Phoenix Moth Pupa

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Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

Forewing: When the wings are opened, they are dark brown with white bands that have black arrow stains. When the wings are closed, the colors are still visible.

Hindwing: When the wings are opened, they are gray with three bright wavy lines. When the wings are closed, the gray color is observable.

Average wingspan: 2.8-3.7 cm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: July-August

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Egg

he egg overwinters and undergoes hibernation.

Quick Facts

DistributionPalearctic
HabitatBushy grasslands, forests, hedge areas, and stream margins
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsAlpine Currant, Blackcurrant, Golden Currant, Gooseberry, and Redcurrant
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • There are three sub-species of these moths – Eulithis prunata prunata, Eulithis prunata leucoptera, and Eulithis prunata teberdensis.
Phoenix Moth Image

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Phoenix Moth Picture

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