70.096 (1761) Autumn Green Carpet Chloroclysta miata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Local.
 
Flight period
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History 
Lennon (1863) stated that it was rather common, but that it had occurred at Lochaber in the Mabie Forest (VC73). Gordon (1919) found it to be not uncommon flying at dusk, and again in spring on sallows in April. Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
 
During 1975-92 it was recorded at five of the seven Rothamsted stations, Newton Stewart and Caerlaverock being the odds one out. 1993-2010 saw this species trapped annually, except 1996, but with no more than four recorded in any one session.
 
The adult females hibernate during the winter, emerging in the spring of which we have 34 spring records (2010), but of these the sex wasn't recorded.
 
Life cycle
One generation. The adult female overwinters and emerges again in spring. Larvae during June to August, pupating in plant debris.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on willows, birches, Alder, Lime and other broadleaved trees.
 
Identification
Compared to Red-green Carpet the forewings lack the reddish tinge of that species which also has more rounded forewings.
 
Habitat
Woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens with trees.
 
Recorders' notes
Great care is need to separate from the similar Red-green Carpet. Quality photo or specimen of spring moths for record acceptance.
© Alison Robertson, Bowhouse Park, 16 September 2011

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