Geometridae: Larentiinae

1776 (ABH70.100) Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria, (Knoch, 1781)

KR08385

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Whitelye Moor, Monmouthshire, May 2010
Whitelye Moor, Monmouthshire, May 2010
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Grey
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

When fresh, this moth is a bright green colour but this fades to a yellowish-brown with time.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes come to light but in small numbers only.
Often disturbed during day

Forewing length: 12-15mm.
Foodplant(s): bedstraws (Galium spp.)
Flying: Two generations, May-mid July and August-early September
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Almost everywhere.

Regional Information

Recorded in 137 (50.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 17 April to 25 October



Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Brown, grey, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2