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Scotopteryx bipunctaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

     Scotopteryx bipunctaria bipunctaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
     Scotopteryx bipunctaria cretata (Prout, 1937)

Chalk Carpet
70.0430 (B&F: 1731)

»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Geometroidea
    »Family: Geometridae
      »Subfamily: Larentiinae
        »Tribe: Xanthorhoini


A resident that generally occurs singly or sparingly, although it is sometimes fairly common to common when walked up during the day and at mv light in its foremost colonies in chalk-pits and near other exposed chalk. Settlemeants are almost exclusively thinly distributed on the downs and vegetated shingle beaches between Eastbourne and Rackham. Extremely local and irregular in numbers. Single-brooded, flying mainly from the second week of July to early September, sometimes from early July. Larvae feed on many species of Clovers and Trefoils. (Pratt, 2011)

Scotopteryx bipunctaria (Prout, 1937)
Eastbourne, 13 vii 2017
Photo: Dennis Chanter
Scotopteryx bipunctaria (Prout, 1937)
Mill Hill, 15 viii 2012
Photo: Dave and Pen Green
Scotopteryx bipunctaria (Prout, 1937)
Henfield, 27 vii 2010
Photo: Richard Roebuck

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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