Geometridae : Ennominae
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Latticed Heath
Chiasmia clathrata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1894 / 70.218

Davey, P., 2009: A species found in all but northern Scotland, the larva feeding on clover (Trifolium spp.) and trefoil (Lotus spp.). In Dorset, the moth used to be resident in unimproved grassland, on dry chalky, arable land across the county, for example it was recorded on twenty-four occasions in the 1930s at Chamberlaynes (H Andrewes), and 'fairly common' on Badbury Rings on 12 May 1934 (S Scarsdale-Brown). Clovers, trefoils and sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) grew abundantly within the... Read More

Recorded in 24 (60%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1929.
Last Recorded in 2016.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 11-15mm
Flight: May-June and July-September
Foodplant:   Clovers, Trefoil and Lucerne
Red List: Near Threatened (NT)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
12/09/201619SY66 Portland Bill
12/09/201619SY66 Portland Bill
28/05/201619SY49 Bridport
28/05/201619SY49 Bridport
13/09/201519SY98 Wareham

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