Species Account

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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug, (May-Oct).

Forewing: 16-19mm.

Foodplant: Bilberry, Heather.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1883188318831880
Year last recorded2002201220142012
Number of records252518441
Number of individuals2732849
Unique positions24176221
Unique locations24206823
Adult records15916630
Immature records0022

For the county, we have a total of 275 records from 135 sites. First recorded in 1880.


1744 Grey Mountain Carpet 02
© Terry Box
1744 Grey Mountain Carpet 01
© Robin Sutton

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Found widely on moorland in vice-counties 62 to 65 and occasionally also in lower areas. Usually plentiful where it occurs and is often seen in the daytime as well as coming readily to light. There is no VC61 record.

2012 (CHF): Still fairly widespread in the west of VC64 and 65 but has become scarce in VC62. There is still no VC61 record. This is one of the upland species which may be suffering because of recent climatic change.

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