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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-early Aug.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Chickweed spp.

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 recorded193420001934
Year last recorded201120062011
Number of records1433292
Number of individuals1883382
Unique positions671136
Unique locations621126
Adult records1343274
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 292 records from 126 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1934.


1793 Cloaked Carpet 05
© Anthony Charles Bell
1793 Cloaked Carpet 04
© Les Hill
1793 Cloaked Carpet 03
© Paul Harris
1793 Cloaked Carpet 02
© Tom Morris
1793 Cloaked Carpet 01
© Terry Box, 01 Sep 2006

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A very local species restricted to southern England and Wales, the larva feeding on chickweed and stitchwort (Stellaria spp.). In Dorset, the moth is local, at low density with singletons seen on any given night, and mainly restricted to damp tertiary clay soils on the periphery of the Poole Basin. It occurs most frequently where common chickweed (Stellaria media) grows on heavily fertilised arable, gardens and woodland rides. It is also found sparingly where greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) grows on hedgebanks and in woods on sandy soils within the Poole Basin. Localities where the moth recurs include Yellowham Wood, Bere Wood, Sares Wood, Shaggs, Trigon and Gaunts Common.

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