Cypress Carpet - Thera cupressata
Wingspan 26 to 29 mm. Similar to Juniper Carpet but with a series of dark streaks near the apex of the forewing.
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Parks and gardens where the foodplants Monterey cypress and Leyland cypress occur.
The moths fly in May and June, with a second generation in August and September.
It feeds on Monterey cypress and Leyland cypress.
First found in West Sussex in 1984, this species has now become established in parts of southern England, such as the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Dorset and may be spreading north.
First record for Leicestershire and Rutland came from Barrow-upon-Soar in October 2021.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015