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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jun and Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Monterey Cypress and Leyland Cypress.

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 recorded190519881905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records995522094
Number of individuals1432592982
Unique positions11211246
Unique locations8812200
Adult records960502020
Immature records5010

For the region, we have a total of 2094 records from 200 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1771a Cypress Carpet 05
© Julian Francis
1771a Cypress Carpet 04
© Martin Wood
1771a Cypress Carpet 03
© Paul Harris
1771a Cypress Carpet 02
© Gordon Hopkins
1771a Cypress Carpet 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A recent colonist of southern England, first recorded in Sussex in September 1984 and in the Channel Islands the following year, the larva feeding on monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa). In Dorset, the species was first recorded at Studland and at St Ives in late October 1988. The following year, eighteen moths were trapped at Durlston. Since this time the moth has spread west and north. By 1992 it had reached Portland, and by 1994, West Bexington. It was found at Preston, Upwey and Winfrith during 1997. By 1999 it had reached Sherborne, and the following year it had been noted in Dorchester. The moth is now well established along the south coast on monterey cypress and leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii), and continues to appear in new sites across mainland Dorset wherever these have been planted as hedges, which tend to be in urban environments.

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