Common Carpet - Epirrhoe alternata


Wingspan 20-25 mm. Dark cross band on forewing has only one rather blunt outer projection.

Identification difficulty

It occurs in a wide range of habitats and is often flushed in the daytime.

When to see it

This species has two generations in the south, flying in May and June and later in August and September. In northern Britain there is only one brood, in mid-July to mid-August.

Life History

The larvae feed on Bedstraws.

UK Status

Quite common and fairly well distributed over most of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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

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