Tawny-barred Angle Geometridae

Macaria liturata (Clerck, 1759)

Description: Wingspan 28-38mm. There are two main colour forms. The most commonly encountered form is grey brown with an orange yellow band across the forewings. There is also a melanic form ab. nigrofulvata which has much darker brown forewings with similar markings. It is present in small numbers throughout its range here.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: End of May to late August.

Status: Widely distributed over most of the province in scattered localities, especially in southern counties. Reported frequently from well-recorded sites such as Peatlands Park and the Argory, Armagh and also Bohill NNR, Castle Espie and Belvoir Park Forest, Down.

Ecology: A species normally associated with conifer plantations where it rests by day among pine trees. Adults appear frequently at light in small numbers. The typical and melanic form (ab. nigrofulvata) occur together in most localities. The larvae can be found during the summer and early autumn on Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris and Norway Spruce Picea abies. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Across Europe to eastern Siberia.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1893 Agassiz number: 70.214

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=5984

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