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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: Two generations, May-Jun, Aug-Oct.

Forewing: 14-19mm.

Foodplant: Woody plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291953184619401960
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records3885240435894634824
Number of individuals550651957631109201617
Unique positions16221125725047
Unique locations16020326225544
Adult records3849236234814463807
Immature records20021

For the county, we have a total of 15336 records from 924 sites. First recorded in 1846.


1764 Common Marbled Carpet 06
© Tony Moverley 9th August 2013
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 05
© Andy Nunn
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 04
© Paul Kipling 15th June 2012
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 03
© Paul Kipling 28th August 2011
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 02
© Terry Box
1764 Common Marbled Carpet 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Similar species: Dark Marbled Carpet.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widespread and often common in lower areas and occasional elsewhere in all five vice-counties. This species is similar in appearance to C. citrata (Linnaeus) and they may occasionally be confused. However, citrata generally takes the place of this species on higher ground, although there is considerable overlap in some areas and both species seem to wander out from high population density sites.

2012 (CHF): The comments in Sutton and Beaumont are still valid. There was a marked decline in numbers in 2011.

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