Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Juniper Carpet
Thera juniperata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1771 / 70.082
Photo © Alan Draper,  SE361509Spofforth, VC64

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: One of the two records in Porritt's list (1904) was a suspected introduction on churchyard junipers and the recent sudden arrival of this species in many areas can almost certainly be attributed to larvae on bushes imported from areas where the moth has been known to occur naturally for many years. It is now well established in many suburban areas and is often common. The only record which would seem to suggest that the species may have previously existed unnoticed in the County in our natural juniper sites is from VC65, although it is possible that this area has also been colonised during the recent spread. It has also been recorded from the Teesdale junipers near High Force (VC66 side) in 1927 and from other nearby Teesdale sites in the 1980s (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

2012 (CHF): Not uncommon in gardens with juniper and records seem to have increased though it flies late in the year after many people have put away their moth traps. Old records have surfaced from the VC65 side of the upper Tees valley to indicate that it is likely to be a long-standing resident of this area.

Recorded in 75 (38%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 11-14mm
Flight: September - November
Foodplant:   Junipers
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/11/2023164SE44 - Wetherby / Tadcaster
03/11/2023164SE44 - Wetherby / Tadcaster
02/11/2023161SE84 - Pocklington (E)
31/10/2023163SK49 - Rotherham
31/10/2023364SE44 - Wetherby / Tadcaster
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