Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Eulithis mellinata

(Fabricius, 1787) 1757 / 70.092

Morley's Final Catalogue: Generally distributed, and usually frequent. Copdock, Ipswich, Swefling, Farnham, Aldeburgh, Beccles, Gorleston; Stowmarket, Bury, Tuddenham.

Recent Suffolk Status: Becoming scarce in recent times with more records coming from wet woodland sites rather than gardens due to the decline in fruit growing.

Life history: Single-brooded in one extended brood.

Identification: Northern spinach rests with wings held flat and has a darker cross band. Chevron rests either with wings folded over the back or laid flat. Barred straw has a narrower central band looking like 2 parallel V shapes.

Habitat: Gardens, wet woodland.

Recorded in 49 (84%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/07/2023125TM59 - Lowestoft
15/07/2023125TG50 - Gorleston
08/07/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
07/07/2023525TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
04/07/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Forewing: 16-18mm.
Flight: One generation June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Black Currant, Red Currant
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 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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