Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Chestnut-coloured Carpet
Thera cognata

(Thunberg, 1792) 1770 / 70.078
Photo © Terry Whitaker,  SD77 Ingleborough area, VC64

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Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local resident.

Beaumont, 2002: VC62. Levisham, 28.7.1990 (GBS) (Jackson, 1993c; Britton, 1994). NEW COUNTY RECORD. VC64. Austwick, 7/8.7.1992 (PC) (Corkhill & Riley, 1993). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Last recorded 1992. Another moth which may be moving north with climatic change but might still occur on juniper in upland areas. An old unconfirmed record from Upper Teesdale has surfaced with a date of pre 1940 and it may well still occur in this area.

Argus 72, 2014: Healthy numbers from amongst junipers in Swaledale. These are the first confirmed VC65 records. There is an old unconfirmed record from upper Teesdale. The future of this colony is threatened due to the fungal disease Phytophthora austrocedrae attacking the junipers.

VC65. Low Whita, 25.7.2014 (TMW). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Recorded in 5 (3%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 11-14mm
Flight: July-August
Foodplant:   Juniper
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/07/2022564SD77 - Ingleborough
19/07/2021164SD77 - Ingleborough
19/07/2021164SD77 - Ingleborough
19/07/20214764SD77 - Ingleborough
24/07/2020364SD77 - Ingleborough
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