Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Northern Spinach
Eulithis populata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1756 / 70.091

A common species where it occurs.

Found on moorland and heathy woodland.

Overwinters as an egg while adults fly at dusk, sometimes in numbers and later come to light.

Note Care needed to separate from Spinach but the distinctive resting position of that species should help to eliminate it.

Verification Grade Comment: Ideally take a photo if away from regular sites.

Recorded in 92 (66%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-18mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Bilberry
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ95
14/08/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO32
13/08/20222VC40 - ShropshireSO39
13/08/20222VC40 - ShropshireSO39
13/08/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ92

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