Geometridae: Ennominae

07699 Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria, (Clerck, 1759)

BF1935 (ABH70.256)

Rastatt, November 2011
Rastatt, November 2011
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Rastatt, November 2011
 Photo © Peter Bissell

General Information

The male of this species is a quite variable. The females are completely wingless.


Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as an egg.
Male readily comes to light, sometimes in numbers. Female not.
Often found at rest during day

Forewing length: 18-25mm.
Foodplant(s): oaks (Quercus spp.), birches (Betula spp.), Hazel (Corylus avellana), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Apple (Malus domestica), Dog-rose (Rosa canina), Goat Willow (Salix caprea), maples (Acer spp.), Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Sweet Chestnut (Castanea sativa), elms (Ulmus spp.), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, October-January
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Not endangered


Woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens and heathland.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.4%) of the 270 2km squares of Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

Last recorded in November 2011

Recorded date range (Flying/Adult): 03 November to 03 November

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 Photo © Peter Bissell
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Christophstal, March 2014
 Photo © Peter Bissell
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Larva Type:
Grey, red, brown, black, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs: