Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Barnhamcross common. June 2017

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Beautiful Carpet
Mesoleuca albicillata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1748 / 70.068

Morley's Final Catalogue: 'Not uncommon' before 1890 at Ipswich, Playford, Stowmarket, Bury, Beccles, &c. Now become much scarcer and noticed hardly more than singly, at only Copdock (Hkg), Bentley Woods in May 1894 (Mly) and Bungay in 1904 (Mn). Gorleston one in 1929 (Wiltshire).

Recent Suffolk Status: Scarce. Mainly a species of larger woodlands in the county.

Life history: Single-brooded.

Identification: Unmistakeable.

Habitat: Woodlands.

Recorded in 25 (43%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1894.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/06/2022126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
27/06/2020126TM04 - Hadleigh
20/07/2018125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
16/07/2018126TL87 - Barnham/West Stow
19/07/2017125TM15 - Helmingham/Claydon
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Forewing: 15-18mm.
Flight: One generation May-Aug.
Foodplant:   Bramble, Dewberry, Raspberry and Hazel
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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