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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Sep-Nov.

Forewing: 11-14mm

Foodplant: Junipers.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19691900198018861880
Year last recorded20142014201420142011
Number of records18927611351024
Number of individuals154520173109528
Unique positions261728596
Unique locations261729606
Adult records18927610050822
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 1112 records from 138 sites. First recorded in 1880.


1771 Juniper Carpet 06
© Tony Moverley 31st Oct 15
1771 Juniper Carpet 05
© Nick Lawman
1771 Juniper Carpet 04
© Andy Nunn
1771 Juniper Carpet 03
© Andy Nunn
1771 Juniper Carpet 02
© Jill Warwick, 28 Oct 2010
1771 Juniper Carpet 01
© Alan Draper

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: One of the two records in Porritt's list (1904) was a suspected introduction on churchyard junipers and the recent sudden arrival of this species in many areas can almost certainly be attributed to larvae on bushes imported from areas where the moth has been known to occur naturally for many years. It is now well established in many suburban areas and is often common. The only record which would seem to suggest that the species may have previously existed unnoticed in the County in our natural juniper sites is from VC65, although it is possible that this area has also been colonised during the recent spread. It has also been recorded from the Teesdale junipers near High Force (VC66 side) in 1927 and from other nearby Teesdale sites in the 1980s (Dunn & Parrack, 1986).

2012 (CHF): Not uncommon in gardens with juniper and records seem to have increased though it flies late in the year after many people have put away their moth traps. Old records have surfaced from the VC65 side of the upper Tees valley to indicate that it is likely to be a long-standing resident of this area.

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