Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Tim Blackburn,  Tufnell Park, Middlesex (28/10/22)

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Juniper Carpet
Thera juniperata
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Cypress Carpet
Thera cupressata

(Geyer, 1831) 1771a / 70.083

General comments:
Widespread but local resident.

Our first record of this recent arrival in Britain is from Hemel Hempstead, where Roger Prue caught one in his garden light trap on 14th October 2006. At the time we noted that it is a species that is likely to become established as a resident and extend its range. Time has proved us correct. These new colonists are using ornamental Cupressaceae as larval foodplants, rather than the more usual Juniper.

Recorded in 25 (61%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1900.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
15/12/2023120TL31 - Hertford
01/11/2023120TL41 - Sawbridgeworth / Bishop's Stortford
30/10/2023120TL10 - St Albans
30/10/2023120TL31 - Hertford
23/10/2023120TL10 - St Albans
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Forewing: 12-15mm
Flight: Two Generations
June - July, Oct -Nov
Foodplant:   Monterey Cypress, Leyland Cypress
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common / Immigrant
Former Status: Immigrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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