The Moths of Suffolk
1784 Pretty Chalk Carpet, Melanthia procellata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Localised to the more chalky areas of the county, where it can be common

Habitats : Woodland and scrub on chalky soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to early August

Larval foodplants : Traveller's Joy

Morley's Final Catalogue : Local; quite common wherever chalk outcrops in mid-south Suffolk; not recorded from the Breck. Sudbury (Ransom); Belstead, Ipswich, common among Clematis at Whitton, Barham (Mly); Needham, Stowmarket, Hardwick. Our sole record from the coast (Aldeburgh: Hele 1870, 187) is pretty surely erroneous.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-18mm, Wingspan 35-43mm


Confusion species : None

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Ramsey Wood, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Hopton ( © P Bryant
Bawdsey, Suffolk (14.v.2009) © Matthew Deans
Woolpit, Suffolk (vi.2011) © P Bryant