Least Carpet - Idaea rusticata


Wingspan 19 to 21 mm. This is a small but delicately-marked moth.

Identification difficulty

May be found in various habitats especially in areas where the larval food plants are found.

When to see it

Normally on the wing in July and August, it flies at night and can be attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on Ivy and Traveller's Joy among other plants.

UK Status

This small but delicately-marked moth was formerly restricted to the south-eastern counties of England, although it seems to be increasing its range. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded). There are early signs that it may be increasing in our area.

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

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