Spruce Carpet - Thera britannica

    Description

    Wingspan 18-25 mm. Triangular in shape, though sometimes seen with wings raised together 'butterfly like'. Colouring is a mixture of greys, browns and buffs.

    Similar Species

    Spruce Carpet is similar to the Spruce Carpet, Pine Carpet and Grey Pine Carpet.  A comparison can be found at the following LINK

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Wherever Spruce and Douglas Fir are found.

    When to see it

    There are two broods, flying from May to July and then in September and October.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Spruce and Douglas Fir.

    UK Status

    Found throughout Britain in suitable habitat, though less common in Scotland and Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

    Reference
    70.079 BF1769

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map