The Moths of Suffolk
1699 Least Carpet, Idaea rusticata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Predominantly restricted to the coast, Ipswich and the area of the River Stour. Occasional records from regularly recorded sites elsewhere in the county.

Habitats : Gardens, scrub, heathland, fens, grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to late August, occasionally a partial second generation from mid-September to late October

Larval foodplants : Ivy, Traveller's Joy, Garden Alyssum, plus other herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk is the northern extremity of this species' British range; and here it becomes so attenuated that but two specimens are on record, one secured at Felixstow by the late Mr. Henry Miller and the other at Stowmarket about 1858 by Revd. H. Harpur Crewe.

Wingspan details : Forewing 9-11mm, Wingspan 19-21mm


Confusion species : None

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Trimley, Suffolk (17.viii.2007) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (3.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener