Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Pretty Chalk Carpet
Melanthia procellata

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1784 / 70.128

Davey, P., 2009: A species found across the southern half of Britain, the larva feeding on traveller's-joy (Clematis vitalba). In Dorset, the moth is frequent, and is found in the same chalky, clematis-rich, habitat type as the Small Waved Umber and the Fern. The flight time spans four months, and two brood cycles are suspected. The first cycle is a double brood with peaks in mid-June and mid-August. The second cycle is a single brood with a main peak in mid-July. The national norm is for a... Read More

Recorded in 32 (80%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 16-18mm
Flight: June - August
Foodplant:   Traveller's-joy
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
< Cryptic Fern | Dentated Pug >
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
12/09/201919SY79 Puddletown
24/08/201919SY49 Bridport
31/07/201929SY87 Lulworth coast
20/07/201919SY79 Puddletown
09/07/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown

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