Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Water Carpet
Lampropteryx suffumata

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1750 / 70.103

General comments:
Widespread but local resident.

This moth has an affinity with dense Blackthorn thickets, for reasons that are not at all clear. If an actinic trap (ideally), or an mv lamp if no actinic is available, is placed under the dense cover it will likely fill with Water Carpets by the morning. If however, after setting the trap you are not scratched and bleeding from the blackthorn, then you have not put the trap far enough in and you may not catch any. The moths do wander, but not very far and this is illustrated by the fact that of the symbols on the distribution map only five relate to garden light traps. The moth is probably under-recorded.

Recorded in 19 (46%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1888.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
05/06/2023120TL10 - St Albans
14/05/2023320TL43 - Meesden / Barley
14/05/2023120TL00 - Hemel Hempstead
21/04/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
16/04/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
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Forewing: 14-17mm.
Flight: One generation April-May.
Foodplant:   lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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