Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Seraphim
Lobophora halterata

(Hufnagel, 1767) 1879 / 70.198

Hertfordshire Notes: There is a striking absence of records from the north of the county; elsewhere, the moth is common and expected wherever there are Aspen trees. Examples are frequently, sent to me as an unidentified species, but the clue to the identity, at least of the males, lies in the scientific name. A 'haltere' is the vestigial hind wing appearing as a clubbed projection on the side of a fly (Diptera). An examination of the upper surface of the hind wings of a male Seraphim reveals the presence of what appears to be a very small third pair of wings.

Middlesex Notes: Local, but found in all areas of the county. Probably under-recorded.

Recorded in 31 (76%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/06/2023120SP91 - Tring
06/06/2023120TL00 - Hemel Hempstead
30/05/2023120TL21 - Welwyn Garden City
27/05/2023220SP91 - Tring
24/05/2023120TL23 - Letchworth / Baldock
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Forewing: 12-15mm.
Flight: One generation May-June.
Foodplant:   Aspen and Black Poplar
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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