Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Pretty Chalk Carpet
Melanthia procellata

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1784 / 70.128
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Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local.

Like the previous two species, this moth feeds on Traveller's Joy, Clematis vitalba and is usually found in calcareous areas. It was first found in Yorkshire at Stapleton in 1998 and 1999 when moths were reared. There was then a gap until 2010 but since then, all records have come from Brockadale which is slightly to the south. There is evidently a healthy population there as it is recorded most years. This isolated population is some distance from the nearest records. It is not impossible that there are other populations in the county waiting to be discovered.


Recorded in 1 (1%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1998.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 16-18mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Traveller's-joy
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining Species (BAP R)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/07/2022163SE51 - Askern
18/07/2022163SE51 - Askern
18/07/2022163SE51 - Askern
06/07/2022563SE51 - Askern
22/06/2022163SE51 - Askern
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