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Idaea rusticata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Least Carpet
70.0040 (B&F: 1699)

Synonym(s):
Idaea vulpinaria (Herrich-Schäffer, 1852)
Idaea atrosignaria (Lempke, 1967)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Geometroidea
    »Family: Geometridae
      »Subfamily: Sterrhinae
        »Tribe: Idaeini

A resident and suspected occasional immigrant that usually occurs singly, sometimes sparingly, and occasionally fairly commonly at mv light in gardens, on chalk embankments, and vegetated shingle neaches. Extremely local and irregular in apperance. Well distributed in East Sussex, but less so in the west. Single-brooded, flying mainly from the second week of July to mid August, occasionally from early July to mid September. The larval foodplant has not been determined in Sussex, although Traveller's Joy and Ivy have been listed elsewhere. (Pratt, 2011)

Idaea rusticata Lempke, 1967
One of three in the Robinson Trap.
Watlands Rye East Sussex, 14 vii 2014
Photo: David Hewson
Idaea rusticata Lempke, 1967
Crawley, 05 viii 2015
Photo: Alastair Gray
Idaea rusticata Lempke, 1967
Rye Harbour NR, 07 vii 2019
Photo: Chris Bentley
Idaea rusticata Lempke, 1967
Pagham Harbour, vii 2007
Photo: Ivan Lang
Idaea rusticata Lempke, 1967
Little Bognor, 14 vii 2011
Photo: Rob Eadie

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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