Seraphim Geometridae

Lobophora halterata (Hufnagel, 1767)

Description: Wingspan 29-32. Adults are whitish brown with two greyish bands on basal area of the forewings which are variable in width. Wings can often appear stippled in appearance.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: May

Status: Apparently rare recorded on just a few occasions. In 1997 an adult was taken at Hillsborough, Down and more recently another was found by day near Portadown, Armagh which was confirmed as this species. These were the first N. Ireland records since the late 1930s. Old records exist from the west of the province at Favour Royal and Cookstown, Tyrone and also Tempo Manor and Enniskillen, Fermanagh, where it seems to have been more commonly encountered during the early part of the last century.

Ecology: A species associated with Aspen Populus tremula and other poplars Populus spp. It is probably exists in low density in small isolated populations in a few localities. Adults do not have a strong attraction for light which might explain the lack of records. They may occasionally be found at rest on the trunks of trees. The larvae can be found in July on Aspen and other poplar species. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Throughout Europe east to Japan.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1879 Agassiz number: 70.198

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=5970

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