The Moths of Suffolk
1785 Barberry Carpet, Pareulype berberata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : RDB (protected species)

Local Status : Resident, previously known populations may be extinct (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Hedgerows in open areas

Flight Period : Double-brooded; literature gives May to mid-June and late July to August

Larval foodplants : Barberry

Morley's Final Catalogue : Among our most local species, and persisting admirably. Rare at Beccles (Crf); Brandon (Tr. Norf. Nat. Soc. 1899, 540); and elsewhere found only at Bury St Edmunds, where Skepper discovered it in the sixties and Wratislaw knew it (Suff. Inst. iv, 1870, 220), Waller netted several in June 1898, Sparke took larvae not uncommonly in 1902 and our Members, De Worms and Doughty, found many specimens in May 1934-35 (Ent.lxviii, 81).

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-15mm, Wingspan 27-32mm


Confusion species
    AdultRuddy Carpet, Catarhoe rubidata
Streamer, Anticlea derivata

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Dolomites, Italy (3.vii.2013) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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