Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Martin Greenland,  27/03/2012 - Cawston Heath

Immature stages

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Pine Carpet
Pennithera firmata
Spruce Carpet
Thera britannica
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Grey Pine Carpet
Thera obeliscata

(Hübner, 1787) 70.081/1768
Norfolk status
Coniferous woodland, heathland.
Common throughout the British Isles. Adult moths can be easily disturbed during the day and come to light at night, often in large numbers. The larvae feed on a range of coniferous trees including Norway Spruce, Scots Pine, Douglas Fir, Lawson's Cypress and Monterey Cypress.

A very variable species in size, colour and markings and can be difficult to separate from Thera britannica (Spruce Carpet). Compared to Spruce Carpet it is usually light red-brown to dark brown rather than grey and is more lightly fluted narrowing dorsally, however, this can vary considerably.

Recorded in 65 (94%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1840.
Last Recorded in 2018.

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Determination
Grey Pine Carpet - Spruce Carpet Comparison - Taken from Conifer Moths of the British Isles by J Clifton, J Wheeler 2012
Grey Pine Carpet - Spruce Carpet comparison - Jon Clifton
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
19/05/2018128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
18/05/2018128TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
17/05/2018228TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
15/05/2018128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
14/05/2018228TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
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Forewing: 13-17mm
Season: Two Generations
May-July, Sept-Nov
Foodplant:   Coniferous trees, Pine, Spruce, Cypress
Nat Status: Common
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