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Charissa obscurata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

70.2870 (B&F: 1964)

Charissa obscuraria (Hübner, [1799])
Charissa pullata sensu Stephens, 1829 nec ([Denis & Schiffermüller],1775)

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

Resident species - although both pale and dark races have existed only the pale remains and that in just a few eastern locations where it can be fairly common to common near chalk and a little less around sandy cliffs. This form is single brooded flying mainly from late July to late August. Larvae feed on salad burnet, cinquefoil, rockrose and thyme. The dark form which inhabited dark, bare peaty heathland is presumed extinct since 1977. It flies mainly throughout August and the larval foodplant not locally recorded but Heather listed elsewhere. (Pratt, 2011)

Charissa obscurata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Cuckmere Haven, 19 viii 1989
Photo: Roy Leverton
Charissa obscurata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Malling Down, Lewes, 18 viii 1989
Photo: Roy Leverton

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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