Green Carpet - Colostygia pectinataria


Wingspan 22-27 mm. The bright green colour of this moth when freshly emerged soon fades to a yellowish-brown.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits a range of habitats, including heaths, mosses and woodland.

When to see it

The single generation flies from May to July.

Life History

Like many of its congeners, the main foodplant is Bedstraw.

UK Status

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

VC55 Status

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

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

UK Map