Grey Pine Carpet - Thera obeliscata


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

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)

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

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