Species Account

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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 generations, May-Jul. Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Bedstraws.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19261883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records5149166211702755694
Number of individuals107492841269772931643
Unique positions19824422531469
Unique locations18923320530262
Adult records5117162711272634680
Immature records42102

For the county, we have a total of 11430 records from 991 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.100 Green Carpet 03
© Andy Nunn
70.100 Green Carpet 04
© Damian Money
70.100 Green Carpet 02
© Paul Kipling, 14 Jun 2012
70.100 Green Carpet 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Frequently reported from all five vice-counties but often rather local in lower areas.

2012 (CHF): A big increase in numbers in the last few years has been fuelled by a second generation. This species became bivoltine in the county in 2004 and the second brood has grown to be now as big as the first. Records extend well into October.

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