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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Lady's and Hedge Bedstraw

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded1904190418831883
Year last recorded2012190420141986
Number of records611142
Number of individuals79051
Unique positions91122
Unique locations101132
Adult records611112
Immature records0000

For the county, we have a total of 78 records from 26 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.062 Wood Carpet 01
© B R Spence, 28 Aug 2012

Species Account

Similar species: Common Carpet.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have been only a few records of this very local species since the 1930s. Although all our sites except Wharfedale are in the south of the County, it has been taken several times in Middleton-in-Teesdale (VC66) on the far bank of the Tees (IF; Dunn & Parrack, 1986). This would suggest it is probably also present locally in the north of our County.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC61. Spurn, 15.8.1989, 27.6 & 10.7.1994, 7.7.1995, 30.7.2000 (BRS).

2012 (CHF): This species is often confused with the very similar Common Carpet. The only recent county records are from Spurn; two in 2011 were the first since 2006. It certainly seems to have been resident in the past in south east VC63 but it has not been seen there for some time.

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