Pine Carpet - Pennithera firmata

Alternative names
Thera firmata

Wingspan 30 to 34 mm. Although variable in appearance, it is often reddish brown in colour. It may bear a resemblance to the closely related Grey Pine Carpet (Thera obeliscata), but has a more indented dark band on the forewing. Determination by gen det may be needed for this species, especially for worn examples.

Identification difficulty

Where its foodplant, Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) occurs.

Life History

It has quite a long emergence period, and can be found on the wing from late July to November.

UK Status

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

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).

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

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