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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, mid Apr-Jun.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.

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 recorded195519831955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records659541426
Number of individuals1082792322
Unique positions1729362
Unique locations1379292
Adult records609541326
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 1426 records from 292 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1773 Broken-barred Carpet 03
© Julian Francis
1773 Broken-barred Carpet 02
© Mike Hetherington 19 June 2013
1773 Broken-barred Carpet 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found over much of Britain, the larva feeding on birch (Betula spp.), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), oak (Quercus spp.), blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and other deciduous trees. In Dorset, the moth is widely distributed and frequent in birch and oak woodland. The moth also occurs on downland where hawthorn grows, and along the coast among blackthorn thickets. The following late date coincided with a period of major immigration and suggests perhaps a second-brood Continental individual: West Bexington, at MV light on 14 August 1993 (R Eden).

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