Geometridae: Sterrhinae

1699 (ABH70.004) Least Carpet Idaea rusticata, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

KR08107

Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Eynesbury
Eynesbury
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


General Information

The position of the dark black/brown markings on the forewing identify this moth. They form a central band and extend along the leading edge to the thorax. The intensity of the markings varies.

 

Pupates amongst plant debris on the ground.

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

Forewing length: 9-11mm.
Foodplant(s): Ivy (Hedera helix), Traveller's-joy (Clematis vitalba), Golden Alyssum (Aurinia saxatilis)
Flying: One/two generations, late June-late August and mid September-late October
UK Presence: Resident, Possible Immigrant
National status: Local

Habitat

Gardens, heathland, fens, scrub, grassland and chalk embankments.

Regional Information

Recorded in 60 (22.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in October 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 13 June to 21 October


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