Geometridae: Ennominae

1933 (ABH70.254) Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria, (Hübner, [1799])

KR07695

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Flightless Female, Monks Wood
Flightless Female, 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
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

The male of this species is extremely variable as can be seen from the photos.

 

The female is flightless and only has vestigal wings.

 

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: 17-21mm.
Foodplant(s): birches (Betula spp.), Hazel (Corylus avellana), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), oaks (Quercus spp.), Dog-rose (Rosa canina), elms (Ulmus spp.), lime (Tilia spp.), sallows (Salix spp.), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), broadleaved trees, broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, October-December
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Woodland, suburban habitats and scrub.

Regional Information

Recorded in 24 (8.9%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in November 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 October to 21 December

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 12 May to 11 June

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria


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