The Moths of Suffolk
1731 Chalk Carpet, Scotopteryx bipunctaria, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Chalk grassland, cliffs and quarries

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Common Bird's-foot Trefoil

Morley's Final Catalogue : Curiously rare, considering our chalk outcrops. Wratislaw thought that he might have taken it at Tuddenham. It is confirmed for the County by Norgate, who found it on railway-bank near Bury in 1903. It abounds at the Devils Dyke, just over the Cambs border.

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 32-38mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Portland (31.vii.2002) © L Gregory

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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North Wales (16.vii.2005) © Lee Gregory
Brockham Hills, Surrey (1.viii.2007) © Stuart Read
Netted by day after flying off from bare chalk rock - Totternhoe quarry, Bedfordshire (2.viii.2012) © Neil Sherman