Geometridae: Sterrhinae

1716 (ABH70.038) Vestal Rhodometra sacraria, (Linnaeus, 1767)

KR08211

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

Quite variable in colour, but forewing pattern and upright resting position make it easily recognisable.

Overwinters as Doesn't overwinter in the UK.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 12-14mm.
Foodplant(s): Knotgrass (Polygonium aviculare), herbaceous plants
Flying: Arriving April-November (mostly August-October)
UK Presence: Immigrant
National status: Common

Habitat

Warm, sunny open places.

Regional Information

Recorded in 28 (10.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in October 2017

Recorded date range (Adult): 22 July to 10 November

Similar Species
Female, Carmarthenshire
Female, Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia (=Semiaspilates)


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, brown, red
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2