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Scopula ornata (Scopoli, 1763)
Geometridae: Sterrhinae
1687 / 70.021
Photo © Dave Jones,  02/06/2021 - West Norfolk

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Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 12-13mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May-Jun. Jul-Sep.
Foodplant:   Thyme, Wild Majoram.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Chalk grassland species, easily flushed by day, also comes to light at night in small numbers.
Remnant population formerly known to inhabit only one site in West Norfolk, where it is well recorded annually.

In May 2013, found at a second Norfolk site along the Wensum valley in VC27 (M. Casey, 31/05/13). A single specimen was also recorded (light trap) at Paston in 2020. Origin unknown!

Discovered at original West Norfolk site by Mr. E.A. Atmore in 1914, having previously been listed at Merton and Wood Dalling.

Believed locally extinct in Suffolk, only found locally in the south-east of England.

Verification Grade Comment: Grade 3 if away from known colony.

Recorded in 5 (7%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/07/2021228TF71 - Gayton/Narborough
19/06/2021228TF71 - Gayton/Narborough
02/06/2021428TF71 - Gayton/Narborough
02/06/2021128TF71 - Gayton/Narborough
02/06/2021128TF71 - Gayton/Narborough
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