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Latticed heath -  Chiasmia clathrata
Latticed heath - Chiasmia clathrata

Latticed Heath
The latticed heath (Chiasmia clathrata) is a species in the order butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), the division Ditryia, the superfamily inchworm moths (Geometroidea) and the family geometer moths (Geometridae). A scientific synonym for this species is Semiothisa clathrata. Although they are moths, latticed heath are also active in the day. This species is widespread in Europe. It comes from Italy up to Scandinavia. In the West it is common on the British Islands. It is found as far east as Korea and as far south as Iran.
Butterfly - Moth-butterfly - Latticed heath
Butterfly - Moth-butterfly - Latticed heath
Geometer moth - Chiasmia clathrata
Geometer moth - Chiasmia clathrata
This species is commonly encountered in open grasslands. It is found in the lowlands and highlands. The latticed heath is attracted to light at night.
Chiasmia clathrata
Chiasmia clathrata
Latticed heath produce 1 - 2 generations per year. The first generation is active from mid April to mid June, the second (almost incomplete) from mid June to mid August. In some areas the generations overlap.
The females lay greenish eggs with a rough hexagonal pattern. The caterpillars are brownish to reddish in colour. A wide, white stripe is present, while the back line is blurry pronounced. The caterpillars eat different kinds of clover and alfalfa. The moths visit flowers. They overwinter. The first adult moths emerge in mid April of the following year.

Chiasmia clathrata
Common namesLatticed Heath
German namesGitterspanner, Klee-Gitterspanner, Kleespanner
Dutch namesKlaverspanner
Danish namesKløvermåler
Finnish namesRuutumittari
Norwegian namesRutemåler
Swedish namesLiten buskmätare, Rutig buskmätare
French namesRéseau, Géomètre à barreaux, La Géomètre à barreaux.
AuthorCarl von Linné (Carl Nilsson Linnæus), 1758

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (East England (Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire (Huntingdonshire), Bedfordshire), English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Northamptonshire), West Midlands (Staffordshire)), North England (Northwest England (Cheshire), Northeast England (Northumberland), Yorkshire), South England (Southwest England (Somerset, Devonshire))), Wales (Mid Wales (Montgomeryshire))), Northern Ireland), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Occitania (Midi-Pyrenees)), North France (Burgundy-Franche-Comté (Burgundy (Saône-et-Loire)))), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Andorra), San Marino), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Serbia and Montenegro), Bulgaria, Greece, Albania), East Europe (Ukraine, Belarus)
Far East (East Asia (China, Mongolia, Korea (South Korea), Japan)), West Asia (Near East (Turkey, Lebanon)), Central Asia (Turkestan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan))
Armenia, Georgia


West Palaearctic

Distribution by Synonymus:
Semiothisa clathrata   Sicily, North Italy, South Italy
CountriesAlbania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom
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Chiasmia clathrata
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AuthorLinnaeus, 1758
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