Garden Carpet - Xanthorhoe fluctuata


    Wingspan 18-25 mm. A grey or greyish white moth. Central cross band on forewing blackish in leading half usually pale in trailing half.

    Identification difficulty

    This moth shows a preference for suburban habitats, but can be found almost anywhere

    When to see it

    April to September

    Life History

    It is continuously-brooded during the summer months from April through to September, and adults and larvae could be found in any of these months. Larva feeds on various Cruciferae, including Garlic Mustard, Shepherd's-purse, Hairy Bitter-cress and Cabbage, overwintering as a pupa.

    UK Status

    A common species throughout the British Isles. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

    70.049 BF1728

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map