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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: 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 recorded1905200719821905
Year last recorded2011200720112011
Number of records236311084944
Number of individuals5355014511000
Unique positions344111712
Unique locations239111502
Adult records213201074478
Immature records0000

For the region, we have a total of 4944 records from 502 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1776 Green Carpet 04
© Paul Harris
1776 Green Carpet 03
© Julian Francis
1776 Green Carpet 02
© Tom Morris
1776 Green Carpet 01
© Terry Box, 15 May 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on lady's bedstraw (Galium verum), and hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo). In Dorset, the moth has a similar distribution to the Common Carpet1738, and it too is locally abundant on unimproved grassland where bedstraw grows in quantity, and in localities where cleavers (Galium aparine) festoons hedges and ditches. Elsewhere it is common, but on sandy soil it is at low density. The peak of the first brood is, on average, twice as large as that of the second.

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