Galium Carpet - Epirrhoe galiata

    Description

    Wingspan 28 to 32 mm. The species has a broad central bar of brown and greyish blue on a silvery white background.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    A bedstraw (Galium) feeding species, this moth is to be found on lime and chalk downland, grassy heathland and sea-cliffs where bedstraw is present.

    When to see it

    In the south there are two generations, whereas further north there is generally only one, but the adults are on the wing mainly between June and August.

    UK Status

    It has a preference for coastal sites, but is also found inland. It occurs throughout England and Wales, though locally, and is scarcer in Ireland and Scotland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

    Reference
    70.063 BF1740

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map