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Argent & Sable
Rheumaptera hastata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1787 / 70.120
Photo © Peter Hall,  Lochinver

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 16-19mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Seedlings of Downy and Silver Birch and also on Bog-myrtle
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

A rare and declining resident.

A species of open and partially cleared coppiced broadleaved woodland. Also newly-planted conifer plantations.

Overwinters as a pupa while adults are active by day.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 41 (29%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1863.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
31/05/2022739SK02 - Blithfield/Chartley Moss
27/05/2022140SJ43 - Welshampton/Whixall Moss
15/05/2022140SJ43 - Welshampton/Whixall Moss
23/06/2021+40SJ43 - Welshampton/Whixall Moss
16/06/2021140SJ43 - Welshampton/Whixall Moss
Further info: Rheumaptera hastata
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