Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Common Carpet
Epirrhoe alternata

(Müller, 1764) 1738 / 70.061
Photo © Colin Duke 2018,  Cromwell Bottom LNR, VC63

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Yorkshire Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from all five vice-counties and often seen more during the day when flushed from cover than at light. Several species of bedstraw are used as larval foodplants and P. Q. Winter reports finding larvae on hedge bedstraw and lady's bedstraw and observing ovipositing on cleavers.

2012 (CHF): Still extremely common and occurs all over the county.

Recorded in 179 (90%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1846.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 13-14mm
Flight: May - June, July - September
Foodplant:   Bedstraws
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/09/2022362SE98 - Wykeham
08/09/2022161TA27 - Flamborough Head (North)
04/09/2022164SE06 - Grassington / Hebden
04/09/2022162SE65 - York (E)
03/09/2022164SE33 - Leeds
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