The Moths of Suffolk
1810 Marsh Carpet, Perizoma sagittata, (Fabricius, 1787)

National Status : Notable Na

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Rare, known recently only from sites along Norfolk and Suffolk border

Habitats : Fens, marshes and wet meadows

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature gives late June to July

Larval foodplants : Ripening seeds of Common Meadow-rue

Records : Lakenheath Fen (2003-7), St Olaves (H Jenner, 1987), Elveden (S Dumican, 2000)

Morley's Final Catalogue : This picturesque insect, whose British range extends up to only Northants, used to occur quite rarely in marshes near three extremities of the County: to Henry Miller in Bixley decoy near Ipswich; to Dr. Crowfoot at Beccles; and to the Rev. H. Williams of Croxton at Thetford. No notice since 1890; probably extinct, though said to have been recently taken 'near Thetford ' by Mr. F. Sowals, who vouchsafed no reply to our enquiry.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-17mm, Wingspan 29-36mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire (5.vii.2006) © Stuart Read

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Lakenheath Fen (24.vii.2004) © L Gregory
On Common Meadow-rue seedhead - Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (vii.2005) © Neil Sherman
Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (vii.2009) © P Bryant
 
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Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (3.vii.2009) © Matthew Deans
female - Lakenheath Fen RSPB, Suffolk (3.vii.2010) © Lee Gregory
Lakenheath fen, Suffolk (9.vii.2010) © Neil Sherman