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990559n – 19559   Panolis flammea Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775

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Distribution: Palaearctic, found throughout Europe; not found in North America north of Mexico.
and Size:
Forewing length 15mm
Larva and
Host Plants:
Recorded hosts include representatives from the Pinaceae, Betulaceae, Cupressaceae, and Fagaceae. Hosts of importance include Abies spp., Betula spp., Juniperus spp., Picea spp., Pinus contorta (lodgepole pine), P. sylvestris (Scots pine) and Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir).
Field Marks:
Forewing coloration variable, generally made up of mostly red-brown, orange-brown, or gray-brown pattern elements. Wing venation is often conspicuous, with a mix of gray and brown scales; this is less noticeable in gray-brown individuals. All individuals possess a conspicuous reniform spot, preceded by an orbicular spot. Both spots are surrounded by a row of red-brown or black scales, inner margins of the spots are white with varying degrees of tan, orange, or orange-brown in the center. The termen is marked by a line of gray-brown scales. Wing fringe light brown, interrupted by white scales at tips of veins. Hindwings brown. Tegula concolorous with forewings and often with a margin or a central spot of gray scales.
Similar Species:
  • Although the wing pattern is typical of many of the Hadeninae, the coloration is not. Hypotrix hueco has similar coloration but it lacks white in the orbicular and reniform spot, and the hingwings are white, not brown.
  • Pinned specimens of related species. (Hint: select View by Region on the related species page.)
  • (1) Natural History Museum: HOSTS- website
  • (2) Molet, T. 2011. CPHST Pest Datasheet for Panolis flammea. USDA-APHISPPQ-CPHST. [pdf]
Panolis flammea
© Marek Bartczak
Panolis flammea
LG - © Marek Bartczak

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