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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 14-19mm.

Foodplant: Woody plants.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded190519701905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records508516510500
Number of individuals1001926320564
Unique positions36417762
Unique locations25316538
Adult records45011639328
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 10500 records from 538 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1764 Common Marbled Carpet 09
© Julian Francis
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 08
© Julian Francis
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 07
© Gillian Nash, October 2018
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 06
© Julian Francis
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 05
© Paul Harris
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 04
© Les Hill
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 03
© Dave Foot
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 02
© Tom Morris
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 01
© Terry Box

Species Account

Similar species: 1764 Chloroclysta citrata (Dark Marbled Carpet).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on many plants including sallow (Salix spp.), birch (Betula spp.), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), dock (Rumex spp.) and bramble (Rubus fruticosus). In Dorset, the moth is common in every habitat apart from open heathland where it is frequent only.

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