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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid Jun-mid Aug.

Forewing: 12-14mm.

Foodplant: Bedstraw spp.

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 recorded19341934
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records3468
Number of individuals4080
Unique positions1938
Unique locations1938
Adult records3162
Immature records12

For the region, we have a total of 68 records from 38 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1934.


1736 Royal Mantle 02
© Jack Oughton
1736 Royal Mantle 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species confined to southern England, the larva feeding on hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and lady's bedstraw (Galium verum). In Dorset, the moth is rare. The few records hint at a similar distribution to that of the Ruddy Carpet1735, but even more thinly spread. The majority of inland records tend to be from unimproved grassland on chalky soils where lady's bedstraw is probably the main foodplant. Conservation measures are the same as those proposed for Ruddy Carpet.

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