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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Heath Bedstraw, Hedge Bedstraw, Lady's Bedstraw. .

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 recorded18841884
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records2448
Number of individuals53106
Unique positions1224
Unique locations1020
Adult records1530
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 48 records from 20 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1884.


1774 Beech-green Carpet 03
© Martin Cade,
1774 Beech-green Carpet 02
© Martin Cade, 12 Aug 2011
1774 Beech-green Carpet 01
© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A moorland species in northern Britain, but restricted to chalky soil in southern Britain where it is very local, the larva feeding on lady's bedstraw (Galium verum), hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and heath bedstraw (Galium saxatile). In Dorset, the moth is restricted to unimproved grassland and coastal cliff habitat on Portland. In the nineteenth century it was deemed abundant in the 1870s (Dale), and common around 1895 (Richardson). Today the species is best described as extremely local and at low density on the island, probably due to the reduction in the overall extent of unimproved grassland. Recommendations for promoting colonies of this species on Portland include: setting grazing levels on unimproved grassland to increase stocks of lady's bedstraw, and, maintaining areas of scrub and hedgerow that contain hedge bedstraw and also provide shelter for the adult moth.

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