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Idaea rusticata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Least Carpet
70.0040 (B&F: 1699)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Geometroidea
  »Family: Geometridae
   »Subfamily: Sterrhinae
    »Tribe: Idaeini

Synonym(s):

Idaea vulpinaria (Herrich-Sch ä ffer, 1852)
Idaea atrosignaria (Lempke, 1967)

Status and ecology:

A resident and suspected occasional immigrant that usually occurs singly, sometimes sparingly, and occasionally fairly commonly at mv light in gardens, on chalk embankments, and vegetated shingle neaches. Extremely local and irregular in apperance. Well distributed in East Sussex, but less so in the west. Single-brooded, flying mainly from the second week of July to mid August, occasionally from early July to mid September. The larval foodplant has not been determined in Sussex, although Traveller's Joy and Ivy have been listed elsewhere. (Pratt, 2011)

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One of three in the Robinson Trap.
Watlands Rye East Sussex, 14 vii 2014 Photo: David Hewson

Idaea rusticata Lempke, 1967

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Distribution map for Idaea rusticata

(Distribution at 1km scale)

ssp. atrosignaria | ssp. rusticata |   |   | All records

Historic records: pre 1980 |  1980 - 1989 |  1990 - 1999 |  2000 - 2009 |  2010 on |  All

Phenology chart for Idaea rusticata

Phenology: Adult records only

Forms or subspecies: ssp. atrosignaria | ssp. rusticata |   |   | All records

Historic records: pre 1980 |  1980 - 1989 |  1990 - 1999 |  2000 - 2009 |  2010 on |  All

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