The Moths of Suffolk
1751 Devon Carpet, Lampropteryx otregiata, (Metcalfe, 1917)

National Status : Notable Nb

Local Status : Resident, probably recent arrival (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare, currently known from only one site

Larval foodplants : Marsh Bedstraw (Galium palustre), possibly Fen Bedstraw (Galium uliginosum)

Habitats : Damp woodland

Flight Period : Double-brooded, mid-May to June and August to mid-September

Records : Dunwich Forest (SMG, 31.vii.2009). In addition, since its discovery in the county in 2009 a retrospective record for 2007 in the same area has been published.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-14mm, Wingspan 27-30mm


Confusion species
    AdultWater Carpet, Lampropteryx suffumata
Small Phoenix, Ecliptopera silaceata

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Trigon, Dorset (28.vii.2008) © Stuart Read

Life history chart
pupa pupa pupa pupa pupaimago ovalarvaimago larva pupaimago ovalarvaimago larva pupa pupa

Further Photographs

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Dunwich Forest, Suffolk (31.vii.2009) © Neil Sherman
First capture of a first-brood adult in Suffolk - Dunwich Forest, Suffolk (28.v.2010) © Matthew Deans
Dunwich forest, Suffolk (16.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman