The Moths of Suffolk
1735 Ruddy Carpet, Catarhoe rubidata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Grassland and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July, although literature also gives June

Larval foodplants : Ladys and Hedge Bedstraws

Records : Barrow (A Parr, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1999), Groton Wood (SMG, 12.vii.1996), Stonham Aspal (J Foster, 1997), Pound Farm (SMG, 9.vii.1999) and Weston (N Muddeman, 1 & 8.vii.2001), Eye (P Kitchener, 8.vii.2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : No more frequent than the last kind (Streamer), but distinctly broader spread. Thrice at Copdock; Ipswich singly in June 1895 (Baylis, Pyett); scarce at Waldringfield light (Wlr); Playford and Brandeston (Gr); Monks Soham light in June and July (Mly); Stowmarket, Hardwick, Bury; Tuddenham, uncommon on Galium at dusk, 1889 (Vivian); Beccles (Crf); Shipmeadow.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 26-31mm


Confusion species
    AdultBarberry Carpet, Pareulype berberata

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Eye, Suffolk (8.vii.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart

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Further Photographs

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Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire (9.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans
Tapped from bushes by day - Near Barley, Hertfordshire (15.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman