Clouded Silver Geometridae

Lomographa temerata (Denis & Schiff., 1775)

Description: Wingspan 27-34mm. Adults have a silky white sheen to the wings. There is a dark patch near the apex of the forewing which varies in intensity between individuals and a small discal spot towards the costal edge of the forewing.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Late May to early July.

Status: Widely distributed in southern counties, scarce elsewhere. The only recent records from north of Lough Neagh are from Killybegs Bog, Antrim and Magherafelt, Londonderry.

Ecology: A species normally associated with woodland, bogs, hedgerows and occasionally gardens. Adults are attracted to light and are often found in traps in gardens but never commonly. The change in agricultural practices and scrub clearance, along with increased cutting of hedges has perhaps had some bearing on present-day populations. The larvae can be found in July and August on Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna, Blackthorn Prunus spinosa, plum and cherry Prunus spp. It overwinters as a pupa.

World Distribution: Across Europe to Eastern Siberia.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1958 Agassiz number: 70.280

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=6050

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