The Moths of Suffolk
1727 Silver-ground Carpet, Xanthorhoe montanata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and abundant

Habitats : Damp rough areas; fens, woodland, heathland, scrub, grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to early August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Among our most ubiquitous moths, from Stanstead Wood (Mly) to Gorleston (D).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 29-33mm


Confusion species
    AdultGarden Carpet, Xanthorhoe fluctuata

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Norfolk (v.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk ( © Neil Sherman