70.097 (1764) Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata truncata (Hufnagel, 1767)

Status
Resident. Common.
 
Flight period
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History
The earliest notification of this species is published in Stephens (1829) with the Rev. William Little recording it at Raehills (VC72).
 
Gordon (1919) found it common at Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire, but very variable. Earliest date was 14th June 1898, with the latest being 26th August 1906. 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 1974-93 all seven Rothamsted stations regularly recorded it. From 1992 to 2010 Kirkton and Durisdeer (VC72), Cally Woods and Mersehead RSPB (VC73) provided many records, with other records from widespread sites across the region. This is one of our commonest geometrids.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a larva during September to May, pupation taking place on the foodplant.
 
Larval foodplants
A wide variety of woody plants, such as sallow, birches, bramble, hawthorn, privet and heathers.
 
Identification
Check hindwing for central cross-line which are more rounded and at an obtuse angle, compared to Dark Marbled Carpet.
 
Habitat
A wide range of habitats with many foodplants, but mainly woody species.
 
Recorders' notes
Care needed in separating from Dark Marbled Carpet from July onwards when Common Marbled Carpet emerges.
© Keith Naylor, Edingham, 25 August 2006

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