Pretty Chalk Carpet - Melanthia procellata

    Description

    Wingspan 27-32 mm. This species has chalky wings with the dark brown central cross band stopping abruptly before the middle and a white blotch in the dark brown outer border.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It occupies hedgerows and scrubland, particularly in chalky localities, and feeds on Traveller's-joy.

    When to see it

    There is just one generation, flying normally in July and August, but sometimes as early as June.

    Life History

    Larva feeds on Traveller's-joy, over-wintering as a pupa.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in the Southern half of England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded)

    Reference
    70.128 BF1784

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map