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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 16-18mm.

Foodplant: Traveller's-joy.

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 recorded195520071955
Year last recorded201120082011
Number of records4732950
Number of individuals80861628
Unique positions1132230
Unique locations661134
Adult records4462896
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 950 records from 134 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


1784 Pretty Chalk Carpet 03
© Julian Francis
1784 Pretty Chalk Carpet 02
© Julian Francis
1784 Pretty Chalk Carpet 01
© Paul Harris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found across the southern half of Britain, the larva feeding on traveller's-joy (Clematis vitalba). In Dorset, the moth is frequent, and is found in the same chalky, clematis-rich, habitat type as the Small Waved Umber1781 and the Fern1782. The flight time spans four months, and two brood cycles are suspected. The first cycle is a double brood with peaks in mid-June and mid-August. The second cycle is a single brood with a main peak in mid-July. The national norm is for a single brood between late June and early August.

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