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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 15-18mm.

Foodplant: Bramble, Dewberry, Raspberry and Hazel.

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 recorded192819981928
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records42390
Number of individuals42390
Unique positions28158
Unique locations26256
Adult records41388
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 90 records from 56 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1928.


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© Dave Foot

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A low density species in Britain, the larva feeding on bramble (Rubus fruticosus) and raspberry (Rubus idaeus). In Dorset, the moth is rare and tends to be recorded as singletons from the eastern half of the county. The few Beautiful Carpet records contain locality data that hint at a preferred habitat of open, often actively forested woodland where bramble flourishes in recently created clearings.

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