Beautiful Carpet - Mesoleuca albicillata

    Description

    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.

    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    70.068 BF1748

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map