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Xanthorhoe montanata montanata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Xanthorhoe montanata shetlandica (Weir, 1880)
previously: Xanthorhoe montanata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Silver-ground Carpet
70.0540 (B&F: 1727)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Geometroidea
  »Family: Geometridae
   »Subfamily: Larentiinae
    »Tribe: Xanthorhoini

Status and ecology:

A resident that generally occurs sparingly in a wide range of habitats, but it is sometimes fairly common to common along damp lanes and in woodland clearings. Very local and irregular in high numbers. Well distributed, but prehaps in decline. Single-brooded, flying mainly from mid May to late June, occasionally from mid April or to early August. Adults have also been recorded on August 22nd 1950 at Hastings and on August 31st 2005 at Warnham, these prehaps being representative of a partial second brood. The ultimate stage has been seen in almost every week from mid April to late August. Larvae feed on Primrose, Bedstraw, Dock, and (stinging) Nettle. (Pratt, 2011)

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Cradle Valley, 09 vi 2012 Photo: Bob Eade

Xanthorhoe montanata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

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Distribution map for Xanthorhoe montanata

(Distribution at 1km scale)

ssp. montanata | ssp. shetlandica |   |   | All records

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

Phenology chart for Xanthorhoe montanata

Phenology: Adult | Larva

Forms or subspecies: ssp. montanata | ssp. shetlandica |   |   | All records

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

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