Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Female, found at rest on Heather after dark. Upper Hollesley common, Suffolk. April 2016

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Mottled Grey
Colostygia multistrigaria

(Haworth, 1809) 1775 / 70.101

Morley's Final Catalogue: Very seldom seen. Rare in Yarmouth gardens before 1834 (Paget); five at sallow-blossom near Ipswich on 23 March 1861 (Ent. Wk. Intell. x, 27); Tuddenham and Aldeburgh (Wrt); Bentley (Ml) Woods on 24 April 1893 (Mly); Belstead in March 1894 (Hkg); Waldringfield, one on garden door in March 1933 (Trans. ii, 185). In 1936 at Benacre Wood (Gd); Lowestoft (Btn) and Fritton marshes on 31 March (Mr).

Recent Suffolk Status: Very local in the Brecks and Sandlings.

Life history: Single-brooded. Can be found at rest on grasses and heather after dark.

Identification: Unmistakeable, no other species flying early in the year that look similar.

Habitat: Breck grassland, heathland, rides in forestry areas.

Recorded in 16 (28%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1861.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/03/2022126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
31/03/2021226TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
20/03/2021126TL77 - Mildenhall
18/04/2018125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
14/04/2017125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Forewing: 13-17mm.
Flight: One generation Mar-Apr.
Foodplant:   Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
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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