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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:

Mottled Beauty

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


Timandra comae


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


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


Anticlea derivata

Mallow Moth

Larentia clavaria

Water Carpet

Lampropteryx sufumata


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


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