Beautiful Carpet - Mesoleuca albicillata


Wingspan 34-38 mm. It has very broad and rounded white or creamy white forewing, with a broad white central cross band. The wing has a dark basal area and blotch near the tip consisting of brown and purplish blue.

Identification difficulty

Mainly a species of woodland habitats.

When to see it

The adults fly during June and July and are occasionally attracted to light.

Life History

The larva is green marked with orange-brown chevrons and feeds on Bramble, Raspberry and Wild Strawberry.

UK Status

This attractive species can be found throughout mainland Britain northwards to southern Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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