Juniper Carpet - Thera juniperata

Description

Wingspan 26-29 mm. Very distinctive and easily recognised.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

As the English name suggests, it feeds mainly on Juniper but more recently has adapted to other garden conifers.

When to see it

It flies in late autumn from October to November and is attracted to light.

Life History

Larva mid-July to early September, having overwintered as an egg.

UK Status

Once described as scarce, it is now spreading and becoming quite common from southern England to the Midlands. 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
70.082 BF1771

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

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