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National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-13mm.

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 recorded190219701902
Year last recorded201120102011
Number of records36831798
Number of individuals44030940
Unique positions977208
Unique locations847182
Adult records35230764
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 798 records from 182 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1902.


1794 Sharp-angled Carpet 02
© Dave Foot
1794 Sharp-angled Carpet 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A local species restricted to southern England and Wales, the larval foodplant is unknown, although it accepts chickweed and stitchwort (Stellaria spp.) in captivity. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and at low density, and most often associated with old deciduous woods and woodland edges, mainly on chalky and sandy soils. Just under one hundred moths have been trapped at Arne Wood, and greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea), a plant that is well established at the site, may be a potential foodplant for the species in this and similar wooded localities. The Sharp-angled Carpet is roughly three times more numerous than the Cloaked Carpet1793, and although occasionally found in the same sites, it tends to prefer drier biotypes.

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