The Moths of Suffolk
1750 Water Carpet, Lampropteryx suffumata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Wet woodland, scrub, heathland

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

Larval foodplants : Various types of bedstraw

Morley's Final Catalogue : Bentley Woods; locally common round Ipswich and at Monks Soham light in April (Mly). Aldeburgh, Leiston; Needham, Stowmarket, Bury. Wrentham (Gd); Beccles (Crf).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 32-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDevon Carpet, Lampropteryx otregiata
Phoenix, Eulithis prunata

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iii.2004) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Inverness-shire (10.iv.2004) © L Gregory
f.piceata - Drumcroy Hill, Perthshire (29.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (14.iv.2013) © Neil Sherman