Geometridae: Larentiinae

1769 (ABH70.079) Spruce Carpet Thera britannica, (Turner, 1925)

KR08358

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Hemingford Grey 03-10-2012
Hemingford Grey 03-10-2012
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

Pupates on or below the ground.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often disturbed during day

Forewing length: 13-17mm.
Foodplant(s): coniferous trees
Flying: Two generations, May-July and September-November
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Spruce plantations other coniferous woodland, heathland, grassland and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 38 (14.1%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in October 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 03 April to 06 December

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 06 October to 06 October

Similar Species
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Juniper Carpet Thera juniperata


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