Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Green Carpet
Colostygia pectinataria

(Knoch, 1781) 1776 / 70.100
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Yorkshire Status: Very common and widespread resident.

This species seems to have always been common and widespread across the county. Numbers have increased in recent years and this appears to have been fuelled by a second generation. It became bivoltine in the county in 2004 and the second brood has grown to be now as big as the first. Records extend well into October and even on occasions into November. It is not impossible that it occasionally produces a third brood. Larvae feed on bedstraws and this includes cleavers making it common in gardens, hedgerows and scrubby places. Big numbers can sometimes be trapped eg 200 at Wykeham Causeway on 25/5/2020.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Frequently reported from all five vice-counties but often rather local in lower areas.

Recorded in 181 (91%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

< Beech-green Carpet  |  Mottled Grey >
Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: May - July, August - September
Foodplant:   Bedstraws
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/10/2023262SE99 - Harwood Dale
05/10/2023163SE40 - Goldthorpe
04/10/2023165SE19 - Leyburn / Catterick Garrison
01/10/2023164SD67 - Ingleton
01/10/2023261TA17 - Bempton
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