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Species Account for Ematurga atomaria

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Ematurga atomaria  (Linnaeus, 1758) 70.275 Evidence needed
Common Heath
Lepidoptera: macromoths: Geometridae

male - 'feathered' antennae Copyright: Robert Smith

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Taxonomic group: larger moths (Lepidoptera: macromoths) - County data

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Essex RDB: Listed

Records: 51
First Record: 1913
Latest Record: 2021

1992-on hectads: 9
Pre-1992 hectads: 8
Total hectads: 16
Additional Phenology Data


Common Heath Ematurga atomaria
Common Heath  Ematurga atomaria
male - 'feathered' antennae
male - 'feathered' antennae
female - 'wire' antennae
female - 'wire' antennae

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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)

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Habitat Detail and Method (based on 51 records with habitat detail and method information)

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