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 91 (65%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-18mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Bilberry
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
22/08/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO77
01/08/20193VC37 - WorcestershireSO77
25/07/2019+VC36 - HerefordshireSO75
17/07/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ95
09/07/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSK01

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