Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Garden Carpet
Xanthorhoe fluctuata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1728 / 70.049
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Yorkshire Status: Very common and fairly widespread resident.

This is a common and widespread species, especially in gardens where the larva feed on various members of the cabbage family, but also in open woodland and rough ground. Numbers and distribution have not altered since Porritt described it as "abundant everywhere" in 1883. The darker f. thules is uncommon and probably comprises two or three percent of specimens. The name "Garden" for this species is appropriate, unlike "Garden Dart"!

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely distributed and often recorded commonly over a very long flight period in suburban areas where it can be the commonest geometer, but usually in smaller numbers elsewhere. Often seen at windows or at rest during the day and found throughout all five vice-counties.

Recorded in 168 (84%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1879.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: Two or three generations April - October
Foodplant:   Various brassica family plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
17/10/2023163SK69 - New Rossington / Austerfield
10/10/2023163SE51 - Askern
09/10/2023163SE40 - Goldthorpe
09/10/2023161SE92 - Swanland
08/10/2023163SE31 -  Wakefield (S)
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