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Little Thorn
Cepphis advenaria (Hübner, 1790)
Geometridae: Ennominae
1901 / 70.221
Photo © Oliver Wadsworth,  Blackhouse Wood VC37. 15/05/2015

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Forewing: 14-17mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Bramble, Bilberry
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Generally a rare and local species in the south, however, after an apparent absence of around one hundred years it has recently become quite common again in the Wyre Forest.

A species of sunny open woodland, and along verges of rides.

Overwinters as a pupa, adults come to light in small numbers.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 16 (11%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1893.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
21/04/2022137SO77 - Wyre Forest
13/06/20211036SO37 - Brampton Bryan
13/06/2021236SO47 - Leintwardine/Mortimer Forest
11/06/2021137SO77 - Wyre Forest
07/06/2021137SO77 - Wyre Forest
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