Pine Carpet - Pennithera firmata

    Alt Name
    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).

    70.077 BF1767

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map