Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Barred Straw
Gandaritis pyraliata

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1758 / 70.093
=Eulithis pyraliata

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on cleavers (Galium aparine) and other bedstraw (Galium spp.) species. In Dorset, the moth is common where cleavers abounds, on hedgebanks and on nutrient rich arable. It is frequent on unimproved grassland where bedstraw grows in quantity on chalky soil and along the coast. The few individuals seen at Holton Heath Marsh, Hurn and at Hengistbury Head, hint that fen bedstraw (Galium uliginosum) and common marsh bedstraw (Galium... Read More

Recorded in 39 (98%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-18mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Bedstraws
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
01/08/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
31/07/2019+9SY39 Lyme Regis
27/07/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
27/07/201919SY79 Puddletown
26/07/201919SY88 Wool / Lulworth

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