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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.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Barberry.

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 recorded18231823
Year last recorded20112011
Number of records1020
Number of individuals1428
Unique positions36
Unique locations36
Adult records612
Immature records48

For the region, we have a total of 20 records from 6 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1823.


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Species Account

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).

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