Colotois pennaria, Crete - photo © Nikos Cheiladakis

Colotois pennaria, Crete - photo © Nikos Cheiladakis

Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)


Colotois pennaria is a moth of the family Geometridae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)

Phalaena pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)

Colotois bifidaria (Haworth, 1809)

Common name

Feathered Thorn


Superfamily: Geometroidea > Family: Geometridae > Subfamily: Ennominae > Tribus: Prosopolophini > Genus: Colotois


40-48 mm


Colotois pennaria can be found in deciduous and mixed forests, parks and gardens, and shrubland.

Food plant

The larva is polyphagous and feeds on the leaves of a variety of plants, i.e. Fagaceae (Quercus ilex, Quercus robur), Salicaceae (Salix, Populus), Aceraceae (Acer),  Oleaceae (Ligustrum vulgare), Anacardiaceae (Pistacia lentiscus, Pistacia terebinthus), Rosaceae (Prunus domestica, Prunus spinosa, Pyrus, Malus domestica), etc.

Flight Period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lepiforum e. V.

Lepidoptera Mundi

Lepidoptera and their Ecology

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa

Plant Parasites of Europe