Grey Pine Carpet - Thera obeliscata

    Description

    Wingspan 28-36 mm. This species shows rather more variation than the similar Pine Carpet as its patterning can be any of a mixture of colours from greyish brown to a richer russet colour.

    Similar Species

    Grey Pine Carpet is similar to the Pine Carpet and Spruce Carpet.  A comparison can be found at the following LINK

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Coniferous woodland, parkland and gardens.

    When to see it

    There are two generations with moths flying from May to July and again in September and October.

    Life History

    The larvae feed mainly on Pine and Spruce but sometimes on other conifers.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread throughout 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)

    Reference
    70.081 BF1768

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map