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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Abundant and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jun.

Forewing: 14-17mm.

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 recorded193319891933
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records1344222732
Number of individuals3255226554
Unique positions2773560
Unique locations2034414
Adult records1207222458
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 2732 records from 414 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1933.


1727 Silver-ground Carpet 03
© Julian Francis
1727 Silver-ground Carpet 02
© Dave Foot
1727 Silver-ground Carpet 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on bedstraw (Galium spp.) and other herbaceous low-growing plants. In Dorset, the moth is common very locally in weedy ditches, deciduous coverts, hedgerows and rough bushy places. It is rare on open downland and along the coast, and absent from open heathland and pine woods. The national norm is for a single brood between late May and mid-July. In Dorset, however, the first brood is on the wing between early May, exceptionally late April, and the end of June; a partial second brood has been noted in five of the past ten years well into July. The following daytime records refer to ab. limbaria, a form where much of the median fascia is obsolete apart from a few small blotches: Badbury Rings, on 4 June 1938 (see photo) and Kingston, on 7 June 1933 (A Russell).

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