Phibalapteryx virgata
The Oblique Striped is a moth
A moth is an insect closely related to the butterfly, both being of the order Lepidoptera. Moths form the majority of this order; there are thought to be 150,000 to 250,000 different species of moth , with thousands of species yet to be described...

 of the family Geometridae. It is found throughout Europe
Europe is, by convention, one of the world's seven continents. Comprising the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally 'divided' from Asia to its east by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways connecting...

The length of the forewings is 22–25 mm. The moth resembles Orthonama vittata
Orthonama vittata
The Oblique Carpet is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found throughout Europe.The wingspan is 23–26 mm. The length of the forewings is 11–14 mm. The moth flies from the beginning of May to mid September ....

, but has a lighter colour. The moth flies in two or three generations from April to September .

The larva mainly feed on Lady's bedstraw
Galium verum
Galium verum is a herbaceous perennial plant of the family Rubiaceae, native to Europe and Asia. It is a low scrambling plant, with the stems growing to long, frequently rooting where they touch the ground. The leaves are long and broad, shiny dark green, hairy underneath, borne in whorls of 8–12...


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