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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: Coniferous trees, Pine, Spruce, Cypress

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19041883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420142015
Number of records6519572971130242
Number of individuals62717803291893343
Unique positions781257417322
Unique locations781197317823
Adult records6439362521082237
Immature records00010

For the county, we have a total of 3277 records from 471 sites. First recorded in 1883.


70.081 Grey Pine Carpet 04
© Terry Box, 20 Aug 2020
70.081 Grey Pine Carpet 03
© Tony Moverley, 4 Sep 2016
70.081 Grey Pine Carpet 02
© Andy Nunn
70.081 Grey Pine Carpet 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Common almost everywhere that Scots pine grows in all five vice-counties. This species may be confused with T. firmata (Hubner) and T. britannica (Turner), but it is almost certainly the commonest of the three by far in Yorkshire.

2012 (CHF): The situation has altered since 1989 and Spruce Carpet is now the commonest of these three species having overtaken Grey Pine Carpet in 2004. Grey Pine Carpet is still well distributed across the county and numbers seem to be stable.

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