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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Probably three generations, May-Nov.

Forewing: 13-16mm

Foodplant: Scots Pine, Corsican Pine.

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 recorded190519751905
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records12261242700
Number of individuals19705044948
Unique positions18621414
Unique locations15420348
Adult records11751222594
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2700 records from 348 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1767 Pine Carpet 03 (wing length 18mm)
© Julian Francis
1767 Pine Carpet 02
© Tom Morris
1767 Pine Carpet 01
© Terry Box, 27 Sep 2003

Species Account

Similar species: 1768 Thera obeliscata (Grey Pine Carpet).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: An occasionally local species in Britain, the larva feeding on scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). In Dorset, the moth is common wherever lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) and scots pine has been block-planted. Adult moths have been observed in every month between May and December; although the species is reputed to be univoltine in the UK between July and November, three broods are suggested from the records. The peak of the October generation is, on average, nearly twice as large as the July peak. The length of time between the peaks of a given cycle is roughly eighty-five days.

Care is needed in identifying this species greyish colour forms may, at first glance, resemble Grey Pine Carpet1768.


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