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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

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

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Lady's Bedstraw, Heath Bedstraw and Hedge 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 recorded19661966
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records365730
Number of individuals8601720
Unique positions109218
Unique locations76152
Adult records338676
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 730 records from 152 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1966.


1740 Galium Carpet 02
© Jack Oughton
1740 Galium Carpet 01
© Clive Pinder

Species Account

Similar species: 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata (Garden Carpet).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A coastal species in Britain, occasionally found inland on calcareous soils in southern England, the larva feeding on hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and lady's bedstraw (Galium verum). In Dorset, the moth is locally common in unimproved dry grassland along the coast between Durlston and Charmouth, including Portland, and at low-density on a handful of unimproved grassland localities on chalky soil inland, such as Melbury Down in north Dorset. The flight time covers in excess of four months, with two brood cycles suspected, with a period of seventy-two days, on average, between the first and second peaks of each cycle. The first has peaks in early June and mid-August and the second has a main peak in early-July and early-September. The national norm is for a single brood between June and early August in northern Britain and a double brood in the south.

Hill, L., 2013:

Care needed when recording this species as it has become apparent some specimens are misidentified Garden Carpet1728. Diagnostic includes: Costa slightly but noticeably concave from one-third to two-thirds; forewing rather narrower; dark crossband extends fully and much wider in inner half; whereas some variations of Garden Carpet exhibit a full crossband but much thinner in inner half.


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