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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Lady's 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 recorded19041904
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records222444
Number of individuals496992
Unique positions60120
Unique locations51102
Adult records213426
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 444 records from 102 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1904.


1739 Wood Carpet 03
© Martin Cade, 1 Jul 2009
1739 Wood Carpet 02
© Dave Foot
1739 Wood Carpet 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1738 Common Carpet.

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, the larva feeding on hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and lady's bedstraw (Galium verum). In Dorset, the moth is frequent very locally and has been found in a number of unimproved grassland localities on chalky soil. Inland, favoured localities include Lyscombe Hill, Puddletown, the Purbeck Ridge, Badbury Rings, and Bottlebush Down. Coastal localities include Charmouth, West Bexington and Durlston.

Care is needed in identifying potential Wood Carpet as they closely resemble the Common Carpet1738. Diagnostics include: outer white band of the forewing and hind-wing tend not to be bisected by a black line.


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