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Species Account for Ematurga atomaria

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Ematurga atomaria  (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Heath
Lepidoptera: macromoths: Geometridae

male - 'feathered' antennae Copyright: Robert Smith

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National status: Common
Essex RDB: Listed

Additional Phenology Data


male - 'feathered' antennae
male - 'feathered' antennae
female - 'wire' antennae
female - 'wire' antennae

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Taxonomic group: larger moths (Lepidoptera: macromoths) - County data   
Ematurga atomaria on UK Moths website
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Essex Red Data List comment
There may only be left on one or two sites in the county now.

Species text
Historically local, this day-flying moth is rare in Essex. It is no longer found on the Danbury Ridge or other heathland sites in the county except for Sunshine Plain (South), Epping Forest over an area of about 3 acres. The last records for adjacent areas were Sunshine Plain (North) 2004 and Long Running 2007. As well as heather (C. vulgaris), its larvae are known to feed on vetches/clovers. Two records in the past 15 years suggest that this moth could still be present on ruderal/unimproved habitat at post industrial sites along the Thames Estuary or Dengie Peninsular. (R Smith) References

Species text last edited on Tue Nov 19th 2013 by user 745


Broad Habitat Data (based on 2 records with habitat information)

no subhabitat data available

no structural habitat data available

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Recorded substrate and hydrology for locations with Ematurga atomaria

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