Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Eulithis mellinata

(Fabricius, 1787) 1757 / 70.092

Davey, P., 2009: A species found widely across England and Wales but local in Scotland, the larva feeding on red currant (Ribes rubrum) and black currant (Ribes nigrum). In Dorset, the moth is found almost exclusively in urban areas close to allotments and nurseries where the host foodplants are grown. Although red currant is a frequent understory shrub in damp woodland, no colonies have yet been encountered in these 'natural' situations.

Recorded in 22 (55%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1928.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-18mm.
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Black Currant, Red Current
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
22/07/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
21/07/2019+9SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe
07/07/201739SY79 Puddletown
03/07/201719SY98 Wareham
03/07/2017+9SY98 Wareham

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