Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Striped Twin-spot Carpet
Coenotephria salicata

(Curtis, 1830) 1753 / 70.102
Photo © Andy Nunn,  Buttermere VC 70

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Like other members of the genus, this is a bedstraw-feeder. It is a moth of upland areas and nationally is not doing well, having been lost from sites in the south and east of its range. This is yet another example of a moth not enjoying recent climatic change. It seems to be quite happy up in Scotland. It used to occur in VC62 but is now very local there and is on the verge of extinction from that area. The comments in the Field Guide are curious as it says "mainly one generation, May-July. In some places a low altitiude there is a second generation, Aug - early Sept." Odd for two reasons. Firstly as it doesn't occur at low altitude, and secondly because it is clearly bivoltine, not just in Yorkshire but according to the Atlas everywhere, and the second brood is fairly equal to the first brood. In the west of Yorkshire where all our recent records come from, numbers seem to be quite stable.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded from a greater number of moorland localities than previously but very few specimens have been recorded from lower ground. There are no recent VC61 or VC63 records.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 51 (26%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1879.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Bedstraws
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
09/09/2023164SD77 - Ingleborough
17/08/2023264SD96 - Malham / Threshfield
16/08/2023+64SD86 - Settle
10/08/2023363SD93 - Wycoller
10/08/2023164SD67 - Ingleton
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