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Theria primaria (Haworth, 1809)

Early Moth
70.2820 (B&F: 1960)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Geometroidea
  »Family: Geometridae
   »Subfamily: Ennominae
    »Tribe: Theriini


Theria rupicapraria sensu auctt. nec ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Status and ecology:

A resident species usually occurring sparingly or fairly commonly at mv light in a wide range of habitats, but it is occasionally common to very common in inland deciduous woods and at rest in bushy places between Hailsham and Newhaven; scarce along treeless parts of the coast. Widespread in central Sussex, but missing from large areas elsewhere. High numbers are very local and irregular. Under-recorded, but in decline. This species is single-brooded occurring mainly from mid January to mid March, occasionally from early January or to the third week of April. Larvae feed on hawthorn and sloe. (Pratt, 2011)

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Findon Valley, 11 ii 2015 Photo: Mike Snelling

Theria primaria (Haworth, 1809)


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