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Ematurga atomaria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Heath
70.2750 (B&F: 1952)


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

A resident species often fairly common and occasionally common by day on heathland and downland. Well distributed in the far west and between Newhaven and Eastbourne, but colonies are scarce elsewhere. Extremely local and irregular in numbers on the chalk. This species is double-brooded flying mainly in two overlapping emergences from mid May to mid August. Adults have been seen in almost every week from early April to late September. The larval foodplants have not been reported from Sussex but heather, heath, clovers and trefoils have been listed from elsewhere. (Pratt, 2011)

Ematurga atomaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Firle Beacon, 28 v 2012
Photo: Simon Rayburn
Ematurga atomaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Frog Firle, 20 v 2008
Photo: Bob Eade
Ematurga atomaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
High and Over, 7 iv 2009
Photo: Bob Eade
Ematurga atomaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
High and Over, 24 iv 2009
Photo: Bob Eade
Ematurga atomaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Kingstanding, 15 v 2005
Photo: Sam Bayley
Ematurga atomaria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Kingstanding, 26 iv 2008
Photo: Steve Wheatley

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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