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Alsophila aescularia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

March Moth
70.2450 (B&F: 1663)

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

Status and ecology:

A resident that is often fairly common, sometimes common and ocasionally very common at mv light in deciduous woods, although it is less frequent along treeless parts of the coast. Probably generally distributed, but high numbers are local. Single brooded, flying mainly from mid February to mid April, sometimes from late January, although adults have been seen in every week from mid January to the third week of May. This extended flight time is caused by interventions of cold weather, which often break up the progression of each year's emergence. Larvae feed on a wide variety of deciduous trees and shrubs, including Hawthorn, Sloe and Oak. (Pratt, 2011)

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Crowborough, 14 iii 2017 Photo: Charles Waters

Alsophila aescularia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)


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