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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nb

Local Status: Rare and very local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May, late Jul-early Sep.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Marsh Bedstraw, Fen Bedstraw.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded201420092010
Year last recorded201420102012
Number of records1220
Number of individuals1396
Unique positions112
Unique locations112
Adult records1220
Immature records000

For the county, we have a total of 23 records from 4 sites. First recorded in 2009.


1751 Devon Carpet 04
© Andy Nunn
1751 Devon Carpet 03
© Andy Nunn
1751 Devon Carpet 02 1st Generation
© Andrew Cockroft
1751 Devon Carpet 01
© Terry Box, 11 Sep 2010

Species Account

Similar species: Water Carpet.

Argus 58, 2009: An exciting addition to the Yorkshire list. This species is bivoltine, flying in May/June and August/September. Do examine all late 'Water Carpets' carefully as they might be this species.
VC62. Spruce Bank Wood, Kilburn, 22.8.2009 (TAB). NEW COUNTY RECORD.

Current status (CHF, 2011): The first at Kilburn 2009. The larvae feed on common marsh-bedstraw Galium palustre in damp woodland. A spectacular range expansion from the south-west in the last five years has seen this moth reported from Lancashire, Cumbria, Suffolk and several midland counties. In 2010 there were further records from Kilburn and also from Hardcastle Crags in VC63 suggesting that there is already breeding within the county.

Argus 63, 2011: A remarkable series of records from Hardcastle Crags where we have a healthy population of this recent colonist. Counts of up to 30 coming to light. No records from our other site at Kilburn this year. Damp woodland with a good growth of marsh bedstraw should be targeted as we are likely to Have undetected colonies in the County.
VC63. Hardcastle Crags, several dates from 7.5 to 3.6.2011 (first brood) and 30.7 to 11.9.2011 (second brood) (AC, BL).

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