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Group: 
Moths

These moths rest with their wings flattened or outstretched giving them a triangular appearance, hence the geometeric connection.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Blood-vein

Timandra comae
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A common species found both in early summer and the autumn.


 

 

Photo by:
John Gifford

Least Carpet

Idaea rusticata
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A species expanding its range and becoming more common in Dorset


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Small Fan-foot Wave

Idaea biselata
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A moth of hedgerows and woodland edge sometimes be seen during the day at rest on hedgerow plants.


 

Riband Wave

Idaea aversata
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A common species at light but sometimes also seen by day if disturbed.


 

 

Portland Riband Wave

Idaea degeneraria
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Found along the south coast from the IoW to Cornwall but mainly occurs here in Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Small Blood Vein

Scopula imitaria
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Favours woodland and bushy habitat; common in autumn.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Mocha

Cyclophora annulata
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An uncommon moth of scrub and woodland in the south of England.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Birch Mocha

Cyclophora albipunctata
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Widespread in the south of England near birch trees.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Jersy Mocha

Cyclophora ruficiliaria
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A migrant species becoming more frequent is the south and expected to become established here.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Maidens Blush

Cyclophora punctaria

Clay Triple-lines

Cyclophora linearia
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A fairly common species in southern England.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Vestal

Rhodometra sacraria
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A southern European species that can be found in Dorset occasionally as a migrant.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Shaded Broad-bar

Scotopteryx chenopodiata
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A moth of grassy habitats, especially flower-rich grassland, often disturbed but also active during the day


 

Yellow Shell

Camptogramma bilineata
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A moth frequently disturbed from long grass and low vegetation during the day.


 

 

Red Twin-Spot Carpet

Xanthorhoe spadicearia
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A common moth, easily disturbed, found in bushes and hedges during the day


 

 

Silver-ground Carpet

Xanthorhoe montanata
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A widespread and common species throughout Dorset often seen when disturbed from path side vegetation.


 

Garden Carpet

Xanthorhoe fluctuata
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A very common species that can be seen almost anywhere from April right through until October


 

 

Common Carpet

Epirrhoe alternata
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A very common species that can be found in a wide range of habitats, especially gardens, from April right through until October.


 

Sreamer

Anticlea derivata
Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Streamer

Anticlea derivata
Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Chevron Moth

Eulithis testata
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Although quite common on heathland they are generally night flying moths and so are rarely seen.


 

[Photo: Clive Hargrave]

Barred Straw

Eulithis pyraliata
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Found in well vegetated habitats which includes gardens.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Red-green Carpet

Chloroclysta siterata
Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Common Marbled Carpet

Chloroclysta truncata
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A common moth found in all sorts of different habitats, both rural and urban, as its larvae feed on a wide range of trees and shrubs including brambles.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Dark Marbled Carpet

Dysstroma citrata
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A local species favouring woodland and garden habitats.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Purple Bar

Cosmorhoe ocellata
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A species of moth frequently flushed from undergrowth during the day.


 

 

Green Carpet

Colostygia pectinataria
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A widespread and common nocturnal moth flying from late May until the end of July.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Dark Umber

Philereme transversata
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Locally common in southern England.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Small Waved Umber

Horisme vitalbata
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Quite common across southern England.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Small White Wave

Asthena albulata
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A small light coloured moth sometimes disturbed from undergrowth by day.


 

 

Treble-bar

Aplocera plagiata
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Easily disturbed and you may catch a glimpse of it by day if you are walking on shrubby downland or sparse woodland in May and June.


 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Chimney Sweeper Moth

Odezia atrata
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A local and uncommon species in the south of England but is quite common on Corfe Common in mid-summer.


 

 

Grass Emerald

Pseudoterpna pruinata
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A common but elusive day flying moth species found maily on heaths.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Large Emerald

Geometra papilionaria
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A stunningly beautiful moth that is quite common everywhere


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Common Emerald

Hemithea aestivaria
Photo by:
Kevin Barber

Orange Underwing

Archiearis parthenias
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A day flying moth that is not often seen as it flies mainly around tree tops in early spring.


 

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