Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Early Tooth-striped
Trichopteryx carpinata

(Borkhausen, 1794) 1881 / 70.202

A fairly common resident found across the region.

A species of broadleaved woodland, fen, scrubby heathland.

Overwinters as a pupa. Adults can be found on tree trunks during the day and come readily to light.

There can be confusion with Mottled Grey. Look at the antennae: This species has simple antennae (both male and female), whereas Mottled Grey has feathered antennae (more so on the male, but the female also)

Recorded in 82 (59%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-18mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Sallows, birches, Alder and Honeysuckle
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
14/05/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO35
11/05/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSK04
10/05/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSK04
09/05/2022+VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
08/05/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ91

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