Geometridae : Ennominae
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Dotted Border
Agriopis marginaria
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Scarce Umber
Agriopis aurantiaria

(Hübner, 1799) 1933 / 70.254

Morley's Final Catalogue: Very far from common, perhaps overlooked through its November debut. Since 1890, noted only sparingly at Ipswich lights in 1894 and on oak trunks at Bentley Woods in 1895 (Morley).

Recent Suffolk Status: Local.

Life history: Single-brooded. Both sexes can be found on tree trunks after dark. Larvae recorded fairly regularly in the county in late spring/early summer on a wide variety of trees.

Identification: Mottled umber never has the golden ground colour of Scarce umber. The flightless female Mottled umber is white with black markings whilst the Scarce umber female is brown. Dotted border has the row of black dots along the edge of the forewing and normally flies early in the year.

Habitat: Woodland, scrub, gardens.

Recorded in 44 (76%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1894.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
16/12/2023126TL93 - Bures/Nayland
12/12/2023225TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
12/12/2023125TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
10/12/2023326TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
05/12/2023325TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 17-21mm.
Flight: One generation Oct-Dec.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 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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