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Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)

Feathered Thorn
70.2440 (B&F: 1923)


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

A resident species, often occurring sparingly in a wide range of habitats, although sometimes fairly common at mv light. It is also occasionally common in northern woodlands. Becoming patchily distributed and high numbers are local. This species is in decline. Single brooded, mainly flying from early October to early December. The larvae feed on sloe, hawthorn, sallow, birch, maple, Portugal laurel, oak and hazel. (Pratt 2011)

Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)
Dark form
Bracklesham, 16 xi 2014
Photo: Derek Lee
Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)
Wadhurst, 18 x 2015
Photo: Michael Howard
Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)
Battle, 20 x 2018
Photo: Adrienne Norbury
Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)
Scotney Estate, 05 xi 2018
Photo: Charles Waters
Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)
Barcombe, x 2006
Photo: Clive Dickson
Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)
Friston Forest, 3 xi 2008
Photo: Michael Blencowe
Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)
Newhaven, 2 xi 2007
Photo: Steven Teale
Colotois pennaria (Linnaeus, 1761)
Pagham Harbour, x 2006
Photo: Ivan Lang

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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