Geometridae : Ennominae
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Scarce Umber
Agriopis aurantiaria

(Hübner, 1799) 1933 / 70.254
Photo © Ray Priestley,  Fishlake 22/11/2023

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Yorkshire Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This moth is reported from only a few sites in each vice-county, but is usually described as frequent or common in birch woodland (though also bred from sycamore (JP pers. comm.)). Whether it is locally common or whether this merely shows the distribution of light traps in operation in the later months of the year is uncertain.

2012 (CHF): It is difficult to tell whether the fluctuations in numbers of this moth are genuine, due to weather conditions or due to variation in observer effort. After being hardly reported in 2008-10, there was a huge increase to 43 records in the warm late autumn of 2011. Probably fairly common in suitable habitat (eg 51 in birch woodland at Ellington Banks on 11.11.2004) and occasionally wandering to gardens.

Recorded in 113 (57%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1805.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 17-21mm
Flight: October - December
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees and shrubs
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/12/2023165SE37 - Ripon
08/12/2023165SE37 - Ripon
07/12/2023161SE94 - Middleton-on-the-Wolds
29/11/2023164SE24 - Bramhope / Otley
28/11/2023163SE12 - Elland / Brighouse / Low Moor
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