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Moths 085 387 Geometerids


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 Recent Records Guidance Notes

For more information about a species click/tap its photograph:

  • Least Carpet

    Idaea rusticata
  • Purple-bordered Gold

    Idaea muricata
  • Dwarf Cream Wave

    Idaea fuscovenosa
  • Small Dusty Wave

    Idaea seriata
  • Treble Brown Spot

    Idaea trigeminata
  • Small Fan-foot Wave

    Idaea biselata
  • Riband Wave

    Idaea aversata
  • Portland Riband Wave

    Idaea degeneraria
  • Mullein Wave

    Scopula marginepunctata
  • Rosy Wave

    Scopula emutaria
  • Small Blood Vein

    Scopula imitaria
  • Blood-vein

    Timandra comae
  • Mocha

    Cyclophora annulata
  • Chalk Carpet

    Scotopteryx bipunctaria
  • Blairs Mocha

    Cyclophora puppillaria
  • Birch Mocha

    Cyclophora albipunctata
  • Jersey Mocha

    Cyclophora ruficiliaria
  • Maidens Blush

    Cyclophora punctaria
  • Clay Triple-lines

    Cyclophora linearia
  • Vestal

    Rhodometra sacraria
  • Shaded Broad-bar

    Scotopteryx chenopodiata
  • Ruddy Carpet

    Catarhoe rubidata
  • Royal Mantle

    Catarhoe cucullata
  • Yellow Shell

    Camptogramma bilineata
  • Many-lined Moth

    Costaconvexa polygrammata
  • Flame Carpet

    Xanthorhoe designata
  • Red Twin-Spot Carpet

    Xanthorhoe spadicearia
  • Silver-ground Carpet

    Xanthorhoe montanata
  • Garden Carpet

    Xanthorhoe fluctuata
  • Common Carpet

    Epirrhoe alternata
  • Cloaked Carpet

    Euphyia biangulata
  • Shoulder Stripe

    Anticlea badiata
  • Streamer

    Anticlea derivata
  • Mallow Moth

    Larentia clavaria
  • Water Carpet

    Lampropteryx sufumata
  • Phoenix

    Eulithis prunata
  • Chevron Moth

    Eulithis testata
  • Barred Straw

    Eulithis pyraliata
  • Red-green Carpet

    Chloroclysta siterata
  • Common Marbled Carpet

    Chloroclysta truncata
  • Barred Yellow

    Cidaria fulvata
  • Grey Pine Carpet

    Thera obeliscata
  • Cypress Carpet

    Thera cupressata
  • Green Carpet

    Colostygia pectinataria
  • July Highflyer

    Hydriomena furcata
  • Dark Umber

    Philereme transversata
  • Scalloped Shell

    Rheumaptera undulata
  • Pretty Chalk Carpet

    Melanthia procellata
  • Fern Moth

    Horisme tersata
  • Small Waved Umber

    Horisme vitalbata
  • Winter Moth

    Operophtera brumata
  • Small Yellow Wave

    Hydrelia flammeolaria
  • Twin-spot Carpet

    Mesotype didymata
  • Small Rivulet

    Perizoma alchemillata
  • Barred Rivulet

    Perizoma bifaciata
  • Sandy Carpet Moth

    Perizoma flavofasciata
  • Channel Islands Pug

    Eupihecia ultimaria
  • Treble-bar

    Aplocera plagiata
  • Chimney Sweeper Moth

    Odezia atrata
  • Small seraphim

    Pterpherpteryx sexalata
  • Grass Emerald

    Pseudoterpna pruinata
  • Large Emerald

    Geometra papilionaria
  • Blotched Emerald

    Comibaena bajularia
  • Small Emerald

    Hemistola chrysoprasaria
  • Common Emerald

    Hemithea aestivaria
  • Orange Underwing

    Archiearis parthenias
  • Little Thorn

    Cepphis advenaria
  • Scorched Wing

    Plagodis dolabraria
  • Brimstone Moth

    Opisthograptis luteolata
  • Swallow-tailed Moth

    Ourapteryx sambucaria
  • Bordered Beauty

    Epione repandaria
  • Speckled Yellow

    Pseudopanthera macularia
  • Scalloped Hazel

    Odontopera bidentata
  • Horse Chestnut Moth

    Pachycnemia hippocastanaria
  • August Thorn

    Ennomos quercinaria
  • Canary-shouldered Thorn

    Ennomos alniaria
  • Dusky Thorn

    Ennomos fuscaritaria
  • Lilac Beauty

    Apeira stringaria
  • Early Thorn Moth

    Selenia dentaria
  • Purple Thorn

    Selenia tetralunaria
  • Scalloped Oak

    Crocallis elinguaria
  • Feathered Thorn

    Colotois pennaria
  • Magpie Moth

    Abraxus grossulariata
  • Scorched Carpet Moth

    Ligdia adustrata
  • Ringed Border

    Stegania cararia
  • Clouded Border

    Lomaspilis marginata
  • Sharp-angled Peacock

    Macaria alternata
  • Tawny Barred-angle

    Macaria liturata
  • Latticed Heath

    Semiothisa clathrata
  • Bordered White

    Bupalis piniaria
  • Willow Beauty

    Peribatodes rhomboidaria
  • Ringed Carpet

    Cleora cinctaria
  • Great Oak Beauty

    Hypomecis roboraria
  • Engrailed Moth

    Ectropis crepusculariag
  • Brindled White-spot

    Parectropis similaria
  • Waved Umber

    Menophra abruptaria
  • Oak Beauty

    Biston strataria
  • Peppered Moth

    Biston betularia
  • Brindled Beauty

    Lycia hirtaria
  • Pale Brindled Beauty

    Phigalia pilosaria
  • Brussels Lace

    Cleorodes lichenaria
  • Common Heath

    Ematurga atomaria
  • Light Emerald

    Campaea margaritata
  • Barred Red

    Hylaea fascaria
  • Brown Silver-line

    Petrophora chlorosta
  • Common White Wave

    Cabera pusaria
  • White-pinion Spotted

    Lomographa bimaculata
  • Clouded Silver

    Lomographa temerata
  • Early Moth

    Theria primaria

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

Click/tap the species common name if you want to see more information.

Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria

A widespread and locally common species of wooded and scrubby areas found in winter and early spring


Small White Wave Asthena albulata

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


March Moth Athetis pallustris


A widespread species occurring early in the year hence the name


Small Grass Emerald Chloissa viridata


A local species found occasionally in heathland habitat


Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata

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


Dark Marbled Carpet Dysstroma citrata

A local species favouring woodland and garden habitats.


Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata


A widespread species found in, or near, open woodland


May Highflyer Hydriomena impluviata


A species of damp habitat where its larval food plant, the alder, occurs


Single Dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata


A quite common species occurring in mainly damp woodland and scrub habitats


Gem Moth Orthonama obstipata


An immigrant species from southern Europe occuring in large numbers in some years


Grass Rivulet Perizoma albulata


Found in scattered large colonies in diverse habitat from chalk grassland to wet fens and heath


Spruce Carpet Thera britannica

A species favouring conifers and found almost anywhere there are conifer trees including gardens


Early Tooth-Striped Trichopteryx carpinata


A common early species associated with birch and willow