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PICTURE: Seen by day at Rimac NNR, Theddlethorpe Dunes, Lincs, June 2014.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is fairly common and well distributed, being found in many places where its food plants occur. Its range extends throughout the British Isles, including Orkney and the Hebrides.

 

LENGTH: 28mm to 30mm.                                 STATUS: Resident.

     

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species has a partial second brood in the south. They are in the wing in the south from May to early July, and again in August and September. In the north they are single brooded, being on the wing in June and July.

LARVAL PERIOD: Caterpillars are to be found in the summer and autumn months.

HABITAT: These moths occur on mosses, heaths, woodland, commons and sand dunes.

FOOD PLANT/S: The food plant/s are the Bedstraw's.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: This species is easy to distinguish from the other carpets.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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