Geometridae: Ennominae

1935 (ABH70.256) Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria, (Clerck, 1759)

KR07699

 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Mottled Umber
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Flightless Female, Monks Wood
Flightless Female, Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, 6th Dec. 2015.
Hemingford Grey, 6th Dec. 2015.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Hemingford Grey, 6th Dec. 2015.
Hemingford Grey, 6th Dec. 2015.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

The male of this species is a quite variable. The females are completely wingless.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Male readily comes to light, sometimes in numbers. Female not.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 18-25mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), birches (Betula spp.), Hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Apple (Malus domestica), Dog-rose (Rosa canina), Goat Willow (Salix caprea), maples (Acer spp.), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), elms (Ulmus spp.), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, October-January
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens and heathland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 46 (17%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in January 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 01 January to 31 December

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 07 May to 13 June

Similar Species
Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire
 Photo © Martin Lovell
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria


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