Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: RDB1
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 4 See here for explanation
Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun and Aug.
|Year first recorded||1823||1823|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011|
|Number of records||10||20|
|Number of individuals||14||28|
For the region, we have a total of 20 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1823.
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For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: Resident colonies exist in Suffolk, Dorset and Wiltshire, plus a colony in Hampshire prior to 1972, and singletons in a few other counties historically, the larva feeding on barberry (Berberis vulgaris). The Barberry Carpet is protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. It is illegal to collect or disturb it in any of its stages. Barberry is a rare and decreased native shrub, occurring singly in hedgerows, mainly on chalky soil. The plant harbours wheat rust, and, in the middle of the last century was discouraged by the Board of Agriculture, whence it was pulled up through fear of crop contamination. In Dorset, miraculously, the moth occurs at a single locality where there are just a handful of mature barberry bushes. Recent English Nature led initiatives have planted additional barberry at the site in the hope of strengthening the tiny population there. Historical records follow: Glanville's Wootton, 26 May 1823 (J Dale), Blandford, larvae plentiful on barberry in a nursery garden in 1875 (W Blanchard), Iwerne Minster, at MV light on 27 August 1954, 5 May 1956, 16 May 1956, 1 June 1956 (H Moore), Tarrant Gunville, in 1966 (R Hillier).