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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two or three generations, Apr-Oct.

Forewing: 13-16mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

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 recorded1948200819701948
Year last recorded2011200820112011
Number of records348112277418
Number of individuals463313649996
Unique positions221119482
Unique locations188120418
Adult records313812266730
Immature records1002

For the region, we have a total of 7418 records from 418 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1948.


1728 Garden Carpet 04
© Gillian Nash, September 2015
1728 Garden Carpet 03
© Gwyneth Cheesman, 9 Sep 2014
1728 Garden Carpet 02
© Phyl England
1728 Garden Carpet 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Similar species: 1740 Epirrhoe galiata (Galium Carpet).

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on members of the cabbage family (Brassicaceae spp.). In Dorset, the moth is most common in suburban localities and along the Purbeck coast and on Portland, where cabbage (Brassica oleracea) is grows on cliff tops and on ledges. Elsewhere it is noted in moderate numbers. The moth may be observed on the wing over a five-month period, and two brood cycles are likely. Variation has been noted in ab. immaculata, a form where the median fascia on the forewing is absent: Scar Bank, at light on 21 May 1948, and 7 September 1951 (A Russell), and ab. costovata, (see photo): Swanage, at MV light on 1 August 2004 (R Cox).

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