Geometridae: Ennominae

1923 (ABH70.244) Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria, (Linnaeus, 1761)

KR07663

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Female, Great Staughton, ex Larva
Female, Great Staughton, ex Larva
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Female, Great Staughton, ex Larva
Female, Great Staughton, ex Larva
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Female, Great Staughton, ex Larva
Female, Great Staughton, ex Larva
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood (female)
Monks Wood (female)
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Peter Bissell
on Horse Chestnut, Great Staughton
on Horse Chestnut, Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell


General Information

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Both sexes come to light, males more often than females.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 19-23mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris), Dog-rose (Rosa canina), birches (Betula spp.), Hazel (Corylus avellana), Goat Willow (Salix caprea), Black Poplar (Populus nigra), elms (Ulmus spp.), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, mid September-early December
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Woodland, parks and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 86 (31.9%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 14 February to 30 December

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 30 April to 11 June

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Scalloped Oak Crocallis elinguaria
Orange Moth Angerona prunaria


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Colours:
Grey, brown, black, yellow, red
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2