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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-Jun, Aug-Sep.

Forewing: 11-14mm.

Foodplant: Marsh Bedstraw, Heath Bedstraw

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19401883190418831976
Year last recorded20142014198220142013
Number of records92265494
Number of individuals1151911434
Unique positions31114203
Unique locations32115203
Adult records88234464
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 176 records from 71 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.046 Oblique Carpet 02
© Tony Moverley, 3 Jun 2018
70.046 Oblique Carpet 03
© Jill Warwick
70.046 Oblique Carpet 04
© Charles Fletcher, 29 May 2004
70.046 Oblique Carpet 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There have been several new sites found for this species since the late 1960s. However it is not yet possible to ascertain whether there are any established colonies or just mere wanderers from other areas. It must be spreading to some extent, however, to produce so many odd sightings.

Argus 50, 2005: Only recorded from one site this year [2005], but in large numbers with 52 trapped. This species is double brooded in Yorkshire.
VC64. Bishop Monkton, several dates in June and August/September (D&DB).

2012 (CHF): Local in wet areas where the larvae feed on bedstraws with small numbers recorded in most years.

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