Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Argent & Sable
Rheumaptera hastata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1787 / 70.120

Morley's Final Catalogue: Essentially a sylvan species. Stowmarket and Bentley (Crewe and other early collectors); Belstead (Lingwood). This beautiful moth used to flit about birch bushes in Bentley Woods, as numerously as it does in the New Forest, during at least the decade 1893-1904; then pheasants were introduced, and our eyes are gladdened with its presence no more. Unrecorded elsewhere; but seen during 1894 in Holbrook Park (Morley), where we sincerely hope it yet survives.

Recent Suffolk Status: Extinct in Suffolk. Becoming very rare nationally, especially in southern England.

Life history: Single-brooded. Day flyer.

Identification: Unmistakeable.

Habitat: Open woodland and rides with young Birch growth in southern England.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 2 (3%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1893.
Last Recorded in 1894.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
1894+25TM14 - Ipswich
01/01/1893 to 31/12/1904+25TM13 - Brantham/Holbrook
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 16-19mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Seedlings of Downy and Silver Birch and also on Bog-myrtle
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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