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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Very scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Ladys and Hedge Bedstraws.

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 recorded19011901
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records93186
Number of individuals105210
Unique positions4080
Unique locations3366
Adult records83166
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 186 records from 66 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1901.


1735 Ruddy Carpet 02
© John Gifford
1735 Ruddy Carpet 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in southern Britain, the larva feeding on hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and lady's bedstraw (Galium verum). In Dorset, the moth is very local and at low density, and confined to open woodland, scrub, and old hedgerows on chalky soils inland, and bushy places between Durlston and Charmouth, including Portland. Recommendations for unimproved grassland SSSIs on chalky soil include: maintaining areas of scrub and hedgerow that both contain hedge bedstraw and provide shelter for the adult moth; setting grazing levels to create medium-length sward regions within the grassland mosaic that host good stocks of lady's bedstraw.

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