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Mottled Grey
Colostygia multistrigaria (Haworth, 1809)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1775 / 70.101
Photo © David Rowe,  Leek, 9 April To MV lamp

Similar West Midlands Species
Early Tooth-striped
Trichopteryx carpinata
Forewing: 13-17mm
Flight: March - April
Foodplant:   Lady's Bedstraw, other bedstraws
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

An uncommon resident.

A species of heaths, moors, woodland rides and clearings.

Overwinters as a pupa. Adults may be found on sallow catkins and are attracted to light.

There can be confusion with Early Tooth-striped. Look at the antennae: This species has feathered antennae (more so on the male, but the female also) whereas Early Tooth-striped has simple antennae (both male and female.

Recorded in 80 (57%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
13/04/2022136SO35 - Lyonshall & Pembridge
12/04/2022136SO25 - Kington & Michaelchurch
05/04/2022139SJ82 - Eccleshall/Gnosall
05/04/2022140SO48 - Craven Arms
28/03/2022139SK04 - Alton/Oakamoor
Further info: Colostygia multistrigaria
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