The Moths of Suffolk
1771 Juniper Carpet, Thera juniperata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Gardens and parks

Flight Period : Single-brooded; all Suffolk records have been in made in October, although the literature gives September to early November

Larval foodplants : Junipers; including garden varieties

Records : Barrow (A Parr, 1993), St Olaves (J Crouch, 1997), Sicklesmere (S Dumican, 1998-2006), Elveden (S Dumican, 2001), Felsham (J Nicholls, 21.x.2000), Minsmere (R Harvey, 19.x.2005), Dunwich Heath (D Brown, 17.x.2006), Bawdsey (M Deans, 25.x.2006)

Comments : Appears to be spreading throughout the country, utilising garden varieties of Juniper

Morley's Final Catalogue : Extremely rare, perhaps extinct. Juniper now grows at only Dalham and Ixworth Park; and among the former this Geometer certainly was taken, before 1890 by Skepper of Bury. Two specimens, apparently belonging here, were captured near Ipswich in 1895 and 1899, perhaps bred from junipers in gardens. (Morley).

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-14mm, Wingspan 26-29mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultSpruce Carpet, Thera britannica
Cypress Carpet, Thera cupressata

Compare confusion species
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Caught by R. Harvey - Minsmere, Suffolk (x.2005) © Matthew Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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ssp. scotica ova ova ova ova ova ova larva larva larvapupa pupaimago ovaimago ova

Further Photographs

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Trapped by Paul Trigg - Harlow, Essex (x.2014) © Neil Sherman
Thrapston, Northamptonshire (28.x.2009) © Lee Gregory
Trapped by Paul Trigg - Harlow, Essex (x.2014) © Neil Sherman