Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Chalk Carpet
Scotopteryx bipunctaria

(Prout, 1937) 1731 / 70.043

Morley's Final Catalogue: Curiously rare, considering our chalk-outcrops. Wratislaw thought that he might have taken it at Tuddenham. It is confirmed for the County by Norgate, who found it on the railway-bank near Bury in 1903. It abounds at the Devils Dyke, just over the Cambs border.

Recent Suffolk Status: Extinct.

Life history: Single-brooded. Can be disturbed from the habitat during the day as well as coming to light.

Identification: Unmistakeable

Habitat: Chalk and limestone grassland with bare ground or rocks which the adults rest on.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 1 (2%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1903.
Last Recorded in 1903.
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Date#VC10k Area
1903+26TL86 - Bury St Edmunds
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Forewing: 15-18mm.
Flight: One generation. July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Common Bird's-foot-trefoil
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Priority Species
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 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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