Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © John Edmund Chainey,  Royston, Hertfordshire (10/05/16)

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Rheumaptera cervinalis

(Scopoli, 1763) 1788 / 70.122
=Hydria cervinalis

General comments:
Extremely local resident / declining. Species of Conservation Concern.

Adult moths are often very difficult to separate from those of Tissue. Older records suggest that this moth was quite widespread in the county in the early part of the twentieth century. However, this is not the case today and the decline is quite likely to be a direct consequence of the deliberate removal of barberry from hedges between then and now - barberry is a host of a fungal disease of cereal crops. If it was not for the fact that cultivated Barberry plants in larger gardens evidently support it just as well as the native plant it would probably be verging on extinction here.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 21 (51%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/04/2020120TL12 - Hitchin (S) / Whitwell
23/04/2020120TL12 - Hitchin (S) / Whitwell
10/05/2016120TL34 - Royston (S)
04/06/2015120TL00 - Hemel Hempstead
11/04/2014120TL31 - Hertford
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VC20 VC21 VC21 VC20
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Forewing: 19-22mm.
Flight: One generation April-June.
Foodplant:   Barberry
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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