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Lesser Treble-bar
Aplocera efformata (Guenée, 1857)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1868 / 70.193
Photo © Tuck Mr N,  05/08/2017 - Thetford Forest CC Site

Similar Norfolk Species
Treble-bar
Aplocera plagiata
Forewing: 16-19mm.
Flight: Two generations May-June. Aug-Sept.
Foodplant:   St John's-worts.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
Norfolk Status
Much rarer than Treble-bar (A.plagiata).

Lesser Treble-bar is usually slightly smaller, with less intense dark cross-bands.
The most reliable way to separate the two species is by looking at the tip of the abdomen from below.

Treble-bar Male has a straighter, more pointed abdomen tip.
Female showing a distinctive tubular shape to the terminal segment of the abdomen.

Lesser Treble-bar Male abdomen is shorter and blunter, with slightly curved claspers.
Female abdomen blunt. This is less obvious and care should be taken.

(see abdomen comparison diagram)

Please retain / photograph all possible Lesser Treble-bar specimens.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 17 (23%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
06/06/2021127TG20 - Norwich
06/09/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
12/09/2019128TL89 - Bodney/Lynford
31/08/2019127TG50 - Yarmouth
05/08/2017128TL89 - Bodney/Lynford
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