The Moths of Suffolk
1774 Beech-green Carpet, Colostygia olivata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Woodland and moorland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Hedge Bedstraw, Lady's Bedstraw and Heath Bedstraw

Comments : Current known distribution shows this as a mainly north-westerly species in Britain, with only a few scattered local colonies in the south.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Almost surely absent though it has been recorded (Bloomfield 1890, 56). We are in east-central area of England, where Lythria purpuraria, L., alone is probably not indigenous.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 26-35mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRed-green Carpet, Chloroclysta siterata
Autumn Green Carpet, Chloroclysta miata

Compare confusion species
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Dorset (viii.2002) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Portland (5.viii.2002) © L Gregory
Blars, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman
Portland, Dorset (28.vi.2003) © Matthew Deans
 
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Dolomites, Italy (4.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman