The Moths of Suffolk
1739 Wood Carpet, Epirrhoe rivata, (Hübner, 1813)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Mainly the Brecks at low density with further scattered records elsewhere in the county, particularly in the Sandlings

Habitats : Grassland, open woodland and woodland rides

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

Larval foodplants : Hedge and Lady's Bedstraw

Records : Recent records outside the Brecks; Barrow (A Parr, 1997, 1999 & 2004), Beccles (N Muddeman, 1990), Eye (P Kitchener, 2001), Kelsale (J Clarke, 1998), Rendham (M Deans, 2001)

Comments : A single late record exists for September

Morley's Final Catalogue : More plentiful and general here than, probably, anywhere in England; not much in evidence along the coast. Bures, Copdock, Bentley Woods (Baylis, Pyett). Ipswich, occasionally at Monks Soham light (Mly), Bramford, Barham oakwood, Bury, Tuddenham, Worlingham (Crf), Beccles in 1933 (Mr).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 28-34mm


Confusion species
    AdultCommon Carpet, Epirrhoe alternata
Sharp-angled Carpet, Euphyia unangulata

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Wordwell, Suffolk (vi.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Little Thurlow, Suffolk ( © Lee Gregory
Eye (30.vii.2001) © Paul Kitchener
Bawdsey, Suffolk (7.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans