Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Spruce Carpet
Thera britannica

(Turner H J, 1925) 1769 / 70.079
Photo © Andy Nunn,  Grange Cumbria

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Grey Pine Carpet
Thera obeliscata
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Yorkshire Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Although not previously included in a Yorkshire list; W. Reid was recording this species from Whirlow, Sheffield (VC63) regular T. obeliscata (Hubner), so we cannot be sure of these early records. Recently there have been several more records which are probably reliable but none so far have been critically examined so there is still an element of doubt. The species occurs in Durham and an old (1900-50) record is shown for Upper Teesdale (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

Current status (CHF, 2011): From a few scattered localities in the 1980s and 90s, this moth is now widespread across the county and is now commoner than the rather similar Grey Pine Carpet.

Recorded in 154 (77%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1950.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 13-17mm
Flight: May - July, September - November
Foodplant:   Norway Spruce, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/11/2023164SE24 - Bramhope / Otley
06/11/2023164SE34 - Harewood
05/11/2023164SE24 - Bramhope / Otley
01/11/2023165SE37 - Ripon
31/10/2023161TA02 - Hessle
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