Broken-barred Carpet Geometridae

Electrophaes corylata (Thunberg, 1792)

Description: Wingspan 27-31mm. The forewings are marked with dark and pale bands. The central band is brown and edged with well-defined, white wavy lines. The band is narrower in the central area of the forewings The basal area is also brown and edged with a well-defined white line. The area between is a paler brown.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: From mid-May to early July.

Status: Common and widely distributed in southern counties but scarce elsewhere and not recently recorded north of Lough Neagh.

Ecology: A distinctive species associated with woodland, bogs, and heaths where it comes frequently to light but never abundantly. It rests during the day on tree trunks and is occasionally disturbed by day. The larvae feed on birch Betula spp., Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna and oak Quercus spp. It overwinters as a pupa.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1773 Agassiz number: 70.086

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=5853

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