Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Northern Spinach
Eulithis populata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1756 / 70.091

Morley's Final Catalogue: Despite Bloomfield's scepticism (Lep. Suff., p. 56) of this species' occurrence here, on account of its 'generally northern' range (it was plentiful in Somerset in July 1933!), that we possess it is confirmed by its recent capture in Blythburgh Wood (Morley). Hence we may reinstate the ante - 1890 records from Playford (Greene, the last man likely to mistake such an insect), Stowmarket (Stainton's Manual and Crewe), Bury and Tuddenham (Wratislaw). In Norfolk, cf. Norf. Nat. Trans. i, 1874, 26.

Recent Suffolk Status: Extinct.

Life history: Single-brooded.

Identification: Spinach has a different resting posture and has a lighter central band.

Habitat: Moorland and open woodland.

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Forewing: 13-18mm.
Flight: July - August.
Foodplant:   Bilberry
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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