The Moths of Suffolk
1728 Garden Carpet, Xanthorhoe fluctuata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Found in a wide variety of habitats; gardens, fens, woodland, scrub, grasslands

Flight Period : Double-brooded or Triple-brooded, that may overlap, from mid-April to October

Larval foodplants : Herbaceous members of the cabbage family

Morley's Final Catalogue : A pest in gardens. Emerges before the end of April (Platten).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 27-31mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSilver-ground Carpet, Xanthorhoe montanata
Galium Carpet, Epirrhoe galiata
Striped Twin-spot Carpet, Nebula salicata

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich (30.v.2003) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (31.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.v.2015) © Neil Sherman