Brussels Lace Geometridae

Cleorodes lichenaria (Hufnagel, 1767)

Description: Wingspan 31-38mm. Adults have a mottled appearance; the forewings are generally of an olive greenish grey colour. Like other green species the colour tends to fade rather quickly after emergence.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Mid-June to early August, occasionally individuals are found at the end of the month.

Status: Widespread over southern counties, scarce north of Lough Neagh, with only one recent record from the Umbra Londonderry. Frequently recorded from well-known sites in southern counties such as Crom and Garvary Wood Fermanagh, also the Peatlands, Argory and Loughgall Armagh and Lackan Bog and Belvoir Park Forest Down. It may have escaped detection in a few other areas in the north, especially in parts of the glens in mid-Antrim, where fieldwork is on a lower scale.

Ecology: An attractive lichen-feeding species associated mainly with damp woodland and copses, where lichens abound. Adults come frequently to light in small numbers. The larvae can be found from September to May of the following year on various species of lichens (especially oak Quercus spp.) found on trees, and occasionally old fence posts and rocks in coastal localities. It overwinters as a larva.

World Distribution: Throughout central and southern Europe.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1945 Agassiz number: 70.288

Additional information:

UK Moths account


 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland