Cypress Carpet - Thera cupressata

Description

Wingspan 26 to 29 mm. Similar to Juniper Carpet but with a series of dark streaks near the apex of the forewing.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required. If the photo doesn't show the key ID features then in the comments box describe the size and identifying characters you have observed.

Habitat

Parks and gardens where the foodplants Monterey cypress and Leyland cypress occur.

When to see it

The moths fly in May and June, with a second generation in August and September.

Life History

It feeds on Monterey cypress and Leyland cypress.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

First record for Leicestershire and Rutland came from Barrow-upon-Soar in October 2021. 

Reference
70.083 BF1771a

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

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