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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov, (Mar-May, after hibernation).

Forewing: 14-17mm.

Foodplant: Broadleaved trees.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19861883197619401995
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records588645907991314
Number of individuals782124815141760553
Unique positions577410513526
Unique locations587610513226
Adult records588634893915311
Immature records00120

For the county, we have a total of 3445 records from 397 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.095 Red-green Carpet 03
© Andy Nunn
70.095 Red-green Carpet 02
© Paul Holmes, Sep 2008
70.095 Red-green Carpet 01
© Paul Kipling, 2 Oct 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have been several recent Yorkshire records of this scarce moth after a gap of almost 40 years. It is also quite common in Hamsterley Forest in Durham, not far from the north of our County (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

Beaumont, 2002: This moth has been recorded much more widely and frequently during the past five years.
VC65. Low Row, three 1990-1996 (TMW); Hutton Conyers, eight 9-13.10.1999 (CHF). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (CHF, 2011): Expansion of the range all across the county. The females hibernate and fly again in the spring.

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