The Moths of Suffolk
1738 Common Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata, (Müller, 1764)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including woodland, fens, heathland, grassland, scrub and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and July to early September

Larval foodplants : Various bedstraws

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant everywhere in hedges from Bentley to Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-14mm, Wingspan 27-30mm


Confusion species
    AdultWood Carpet, Epirrhoe rivata
Galium Carpet, Epirrhoe galiata
Sharp-angled Carpet, Euphyia unangulata

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Redgrave Fen, Suffolk (18.vii.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (30.vii.2001) © Paul Kitchener
Spexhall, Suffolk (5.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Aberrant - Ipswich, Suffolk (7.vii.2017) © Paul Kitchener
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Possible third generation individual - Ipswich, Suffolk (9.x.2017) © Paul Kitchener