Geometridae: Archiearinae

1661 (ABH70.203) Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias, (Linnaeus, 1761)

KR07517

Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
Brampton Wood
Brampton Wood
 Photo © Peter Bissell


General Information

This species flies during the day high around the tops of birch trees before they come into leaf. The moths fly lower during the afternoon and drink and bask at puddles.

 

Pupates in the surface of soft bark.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 16-19mm.
Foodplant(s): Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), Silver Birch (Betula pendula), Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)
Flying: One generation, March-April
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Local

Habitat

Birch heathland and woodland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 17 (6.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in April 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 14 March to 24 September


Local
Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, white, black, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs:
3