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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Aug.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Lady's, Heath and Hedge Bedstraw

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19491883188318831969
Year last recorded20141978201220112008
Number of records29220893
Number of individuals30041022
Unique positions6218413
Unique locations7219423
Adult records29212832
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 143 records from 73 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.063 Galium Carpet 02
© Ian Marshall, 27 Jul 2013
70.063 Galium Carpet 01
© Robin Sutton

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Has spread slightly over the last few years and is now found as far north as Flamborough in VC61 and from VC62 where it had not been recorded for many years (Porritt, 1883-86).

2012 (CHF): All recent records have been from upland grassy areas in the west of the county. This moth is sometimes confused with Common Carpet.

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