Garden Carpet - Xanthorhoe fluctuata

Description

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
Habitat

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)

Reference
70.049 BF1728

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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Species profile

Common names
Garden Carpet
Species group:
Moths
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Lepidoptera
Family:
Geometridae
Records on NatureSpot:
956
First record:
04/07/1948 (Wesley, Isaac)
Last record:
23/10/2023 (Hagley, Neil)

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