Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Dark Spinach
Pelurga comitata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1749 / 70.069

Davey, P., 2009: A species found across much of Britain, apart from northern Scotland, the larva feeding on goosefoot (Chenopodium spp.) and orache (Atriplex spp.). In Dorset, the moth is rare (less than thirty records) and tends to be observed singly on any given night suggesting perhaps that the species is either at a very low density indeed, or it is a transient resident of high-nutrient verge and disturbed ground, or that it has immigrant rather than resident status. Unlike the Plain Pug... Read More

Recorded in 16 (40%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1960.
Last Recorded in 2016.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-18mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Goosefoots, Oraches
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
24/07/201619SZ09 Poole
19/07/201619SY66 Portland Bill
19/07/201619SY66 Portland Bill
24/08/201519SZ09 Poole
23/08/201519SZ09 Poole

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