Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Seraphim
Lobophora halterata

(Hufnagel, 1767) 1879 / 70.198
Photo © Terry Box, 5 May 2007,  SE2360Hartwith Mill, VC64

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and local resident.

The larvae of Seraphim feed on aspen and probably other species of poplar, though it is happiest on aspen. It is not usually considered to be a common moth in the county as it is a little local, but to show how common it can be in some areas, two traps amongst aspens at Hutton Conyers on 24/5/2023 attracted 52 far and away the biggest count for the county. New moth trappers are often fooled by this species as it occurs in several forms, but all show a cross band near the base of the wing. Numbers appear to be very healthy in the county - perhaps more people are venturing out into aspen-rich woodland. It is absent from many areas in the north and west, probably due to a lack of its foodplant.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This scarce moth has been reported from several new locations since 1970.

Recorded in 85 (43%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Aspen and Black Poplar
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/06/2023163SE01 - Marsden
06/06/2023161TA02 - Hessle
06/06/2023163SE01 - Marsden
05/06/2023161SE94 - Middleton-on-the-Wolds
04/06/2023161TA02 - Hessle
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