The Moths of Suffolk
1769 Spruce Carpet, Thera britannica, (Turner, 1925)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Coniferous woodland, heathland, grassland and gardens

Flight Period : Double-brooded; late April to July and mid-August to November

Larval foodplants : Various coniferous trees

Morley's Final Catalogue : Everywhere fairly frequent from Ipswich to Fritton.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-17mm, Wingspan 30-36mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGrey Pine Carpet, Thera obeliscata
Juniper Carpet, Thera juniperata
Cypress Carpet, Thera cupressata

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Lineage Wood, Suffolk (6.v.2005) © Lee Gregory

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (25.iv.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Eye, Suffolk (16.x.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Lynford, Norfolk (7.vi.2008) © Lee Gregory
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (29.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (19.ix.2009) © Brian Jones
Dolomites, Italy (4.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Dolomites, Italy (3.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (29.ix.2014) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (17.x.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (6.x.2016) © Paul Kitchener