Geometridae: Sterrhinae

1679 (ABH70.035) False Mocha Cyclophora porata, (Linnaeus, 1767)



General Information

Flies from dusk.


Pupates attached by silk to the underside of an oak leaf, falling with it to the ground.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 12-14mm.
Foodplant(s): Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur), Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea)
Flying: Two generations, mid May-early July and late July-early August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Nationally Scarce B


Oaks in woodland, heathland and carr.

Regional Information

Recorded in 2 (0.7%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2005

Recorded date range (Adult): 31 May to 10 August

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Chuchuligovo, Bulgaria, June 2006
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
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Great Staughton, July 2011
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria

Nationally Scarce B

Larva Type:
Green, brown
No. of Proleg Pairs: