Water Carpet Geometridae

Lampropteryx suffumata (Denis & Schiff., 1775)

Description: Wingspan 32-38mm. Adults are often variable in both markings and colour. Forewings generally whitish brown heavily coloured with darker brown towards the outer margins. The dark central band has a pale marginal edge on both sides that runs the length of the band. The basal area is also dark brown and has a pale marginal border.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Mid-March to mid-June.

Status: Widespread and commonly encountered across southern counties with a scattered distribution further north. Recorded from Rathlin Island, Antrim.

Ecology: A common early spring species, found in a variety of habitats including damp woodland, heaths, bogs, fens, and occasionally mature suburban gardens. Adults are frequently found at light in moderate numbers. The larvae can be found during May and June on bedstraws Galium spp. It overwinters as a pupa.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1750 Agassiz number: 70.103

Additional information:

UK Moths account

Caterpillar: 

 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland
http://www.ulstermuseum.org.uk/lepidoptera/species.asp?item=5830

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