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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: Two generations, May-Jul, mid Aug-early Nov.

Forewing: 13-17mm

Foodplant: Coniferous trees, Pine, Spruce, 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 recorded1905200719701905
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records230923015224
Number of individuals93572133321384
Unique positions277230618
Unique locations193125438
Adult records221523005034
Immature records0012

For the region, we have a total of 5224 records from 438 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1905.


1768 Grey Pine Carpet 02
© Paul Harris
1768 Grey Pine Carpet 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1767 Thera firmata (Pine Carpet).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), spruce (Picea spp.) and fir (Abies spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common to abundant in conifer plantation. The moth is bivoltine with two double-brood cycles suspected in May and September, and again in late June and October. The length of time between the peaks of a given cycle is roughly one hundred and eighteen days. The peak of the autumn generations is, on average, six times larger than that emerging during the spring.

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