The Moths of Suffolk
1748 Beautiful Carpet, Mesoleuca albicillata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Local and infrequent

Habitats : Open broadleaved woodland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to July

Larval foodplants : Bramble, Dewberry, Raspberry and Hazel

Recent records : Brandon (G Austin, 2001), Cavenham (SMG, 1999), Culford (P Cardy, 1988), Cutlers Wood (SMG, 2002), Dunwich (B Statham, 1994), St Olaves (H Jenner, 1987), Kings Forest (R Eley, 1996; SMG, 2004), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994 & 1995; R Kendrick, 1995), Nowton (R Eley, 1995), Ringshall (A Toomey, 1998 & 2004), Thornham (M Hall, 1998), West Stow (C Smith, 1985), Westleton (B Statham, 1998) and Wolves Wood (R Kendrick, 1995; A Prichard & G Bull, 1998), Little Blakenham (P Wilkins, 2004)

Morley's Final Catalogue : 'Not uncommon' before 1890 at Ipswich, Playford, Stowmarket, Bury, Beccles, &c. Now become much scarcer and noticed hardly more than singly, at only Copdock (Hkg), Bentley Woods in May 1894 (Mly) and Bungay in 1904 (Mn). Gorleston one in 1929 (Wiltshire).

Wingspan details : Forewing 15-18mm, Wingspan 34-38mm


Confusion species : None

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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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Monmouthshire ( © L Gregory
Little Thurlow, Suffolk ( © Lee Gregory
Old Hall Wood, Bentley, Suffolk ( © M Deans
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Stour wood, Essex (15.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman