Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Cypress Carpet
Thera cupressata

(Geyer, 1831) 1771a / 70.083
Photo © Steven Hancock,  3rd October 2010 Berkshire 2010

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Thera juniperata
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Yorkshire Status: Rare

Local Record: 1

Argus 84, 2018: In the 2016 report (p26) we predicted the first Yorkshire record would be in 2017. We were only a year out! This species was first recorded in West Sussex in 1984 and spread along the south coast before moving north. Cheshire and Lancashire have had records so it was our turn. The only surprise is that it bypassed VC63 and turned up in VC64. It is bivoltine, flying in May/July and September/November so our moth was from a second brood. It is reasonably distinctive and fresh specimens should not be mistaken for Juniper, Spruce or Grey Pine Carpets. It will be fascinating to monitor any further spread. Perhaps you should keep that leylandii hedge rather than chop it down to appease the neighbours. VC64. Swillington, 13.10.2018 (DN). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Recorded in 2 (1%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2018.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: June - July, October -November
Foodplant:   Monterey Cypress, Leyland Cypress
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common / Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/10/2023162NZ61 - Guisborough
13/11/2022162NZ61 - Guisborough
04/07/2019164SE33 - Leeds
01/07/2019164SE33 - Leeds
13/10/2018164SE33 - Leeds
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