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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Two generations, May-Jul, Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 13-17mm

Foodplant: Norway Spruce, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19641964195019791977
Year last recorded20142014201420152014
Number of records5948834231053410
Number of individuals69520725162266875
Unique positions65785713327
Unique locations68796213524
Adult records586870403994404
Immature records30000

For the county, we have a total of 3363 records from 368 sites. First recorded in 1950.


70.079 Spruce Carpet 06
© Andrew Rhodes
70.079 Spruce Carpet 05
© Tony Moverley, 31 Oct 2015
70.079 Spruce Carpet 04
© Andy Nunn
70.079 Spruce Carpet 03
© Paul Kipling, 24 Jun 2010
70.079 Spruce Carpet 02 underside
© Alan Draper
70.079 Spruce Carpet 01
© Charles Fletcher, 25 May 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Although not previously included in a Yorkshire list; W. Reid was recording this species from Whirlow, Sheffield (VC63) regular T. obeliscata (Hubner), so we cannot be sure of these early records. Recently there have been several more records which are probably reliable but none so far have been critically examined so there is still an element of doubt. The species occurs in Durham and an old (1900-50) record is shown for Upper Teesdale (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

Current status (CHF, 2011): From a few scattered localities in the 1980s and 90s, this moth is now widespread across the county and is now commoner than the rather similar Grey Pine Carpet.

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