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8.  Geometers2- Larentiinae - Carpet moths, etc.

                                         




1802  Rivulet  Perizoma affinitata


Flying : May, June, July. Also August, September in the South.

Common

1764  Common Marbled Carpet  Chloroclysta truncata (syn. Dysstroma truncata )


In the South: Two generations - May,June and August,September, October
In the North : Often only one generation in June, July.         Common

Very variable in markings and colour.

The less common Dark Marbled Carpet cannot be distinguished from Common Marbled carpet by forewing markings

The outer cross-line visible on the underside of the hindwing of Common Marbled Carpet is shown and is rounded.

On the Dark Marbled Carpet it would be sharply pointed towards the outside of the wing.


Common

732  Shaded Broad-bar   Scotopteryx chenopodiata

Flying : Mainly July and August          Common

Very variable in colour

1728  Garden Carpet  Xanthorhoe fluctuata

Flying : May, June, July, August, September (overlapping generations);
May even be seen in April or October in the South

Common

1727  Silver-ground Carpet   Xanthorhoe montanata

Flying : Mainly May, June; Sometimes April or July

Common

1725  Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet  Xanthorhoe ferrugata

South of England: May, June, July, August (Two overlapping generations)
Elsewhere : May, June, July

Common

1724  Red Twin-spot Carpet   Xanthorhoe spadicearia

South of England: May, June, July, August (Two overlapping generations)
Elsewhere : May, June, July

Common

1722  Flame Carpet  Xanthorhoe designata

In the South: First Generation May, June; Second Generation mainly August In the North : Often only one generation June, July

Common

1734  July Belle  Scotopteryx luridata

Flying :Late June, July, Early August

Common in Wales. Elsewhere locally common.

Very similar to the less common Lead Belle which flies in May and early June
Both species are found mainly in open habitats such as moorland.

1738  Common Carpet   Epirrhoe alternata

In the South: May to October (overlapping generations);
In the North : Often only one generation June, July

Common

1746  Shoulder Stripe  Anticlea badiata

Flying : Mainly March; occasionally February, April - even May

Common


1747  Streamer  Anticlea derivata

Flying : Usually later than Shoulder Stripe - Mainly April; sometimes March, May

Common

1750  Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata

Flying : April, May           Common

Forewing length 15mm - 17mm.
Similar to the much rarer and smaller Devon Carpet

1742  Yellow Shell  Camptogramma bilineata

Flying : May, June, July, August, September

Common

1752  Purple Bar     Cosmorhoe ocellata

In the South: May to September (overlapping generations);
In the North : Often only one generation June, July

Common


1754  Phoenix Eulithis prunata

Flying : June, July, August

Common except in Northern Ireland, where it is local

1758  Barred Straw  Eulithis pyraliata

Flying : Mainly June, July

Common

1759  Small Phoenix    Ecliptopera silaceata

Flying : May, June, July, August

Common

1760  Red-green carpet  Chloroclysta siterata

Flying : Hibernates as an adult moth so seen in Autumn and Spring - mainly October and March.             Common

Variable in colour.


1765  Barred Yellow  Cidaria fulvata

Flying : June, July

Common

1766  Blue-bordered Carpet  Plemyria rubiginata rubiginata

Flying : Mainly July

Common

1767  Pine Carpet  Thera firmata

Flying :  June, July, August, September, October

Common, particularly near pine forests.

1775  Mottled Grey  Colostygia multistrigaria

Flying : Mainly March, April

Common

1771A Cypress Carpet  Thera cupressata

Two generations - Mainly June, July and October, November

Locally common. Becoming more common in the South of England.


1769  Spruce Carpet  Thera britannica

Two generations - Mainly May,June, July and September, October, November but occasionally seen in December, January

Common

1773  Broken-barred Carpet   Electrophaes corylata

Flying : May, June, July

Common

1776  Green Carpet  Colostygia pectinataria

In the South: May to September (overlapping generations);
In the North : Only one generation May, June, July              Common

Colour variations due to the green coloration fading, sometimes completely to white or pale pink.


1777  July Highflyer  Hydriomena furcata

Flying : Mainly July, August

Very varied in markings and coloration. Usually flies later than May Highflyer

Common

1778  May Highflyer  Hydriomena impluviata

Flying : Mainly May, June but occasionally early July

Similar to July Highflyer but generally grey and drab by comparison


1781  Small Waved Umber  Horisme vitalbata

Flying : Mainly May, June, July and August

Common only in Southern England and Wales

1782  Fern  Horisme tersata

Flying : June and July

Only common in the South of England and only found where Clematis grows though may use garden varieties..

1784  Pretty Chalk Carpet  Melanthia procellata

Flying : Mainly June, July, August

Only common in the South of England and only found where Wild Clematis grows - not known to use garden varieties.

1792  Dark Umber  Philereme transversata

Flying : Mainly June, July, August

Only common in the South and East of England

1795X  Autumn moths   Epirrita agg.

Four species, too alike to separate from photos. Slightly different flight periods: Pale November Moth - mainly October;
November Moth : October, November; Autumnal Moth : October, November; Small Autumnal Moth : August, September, October

Without scientific evidence these need to be recorded as Epirrita agg.

1799  Winter moth  Operophtera brumata

Flying : November, December, January

The less common Northern Winter Moth (14-18mm) has almost white hindwings  and is slightly larger than Winter Moth (13-16mm)

Winter moths can be differentiated from Autumn Moths by wing shape - Autumn moths have a rounder ‘shoulder’ at the wing base and the tip of the forewing is more pointed.

1803  Small Rivulet  Perizoma alchemillata

Flying : June, July, August

Common

1807  Grass Rivulet  Perizoma albulata

Flying : May, June, July

Not very common, but widely distributed and flies by day.

1808  Sandy Carpet  Perizoma flavofasciata

Flying : May, June, July, August - mainly July and August

Common

Photo of  Broken-barred Carpet  by Graeme Davis

Photo of  Small Rivulet by Graeme Davis