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Galium Carpet
Epirrhoe galiata ([Denis & Schifferm?ller], 1775)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1740 / 70.063
Photo © Paul Butter,  note curved leading edges

Similar Dorset Species
Garden Carpet
Xanthorhoe fluctuata
Common Carpet
Epirrhoe alternata
Forewing: 13-15mm
Flight: Two Generations. May - July, August
Foodplant:   Bedstraws
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Davey, P., 2009: A coastal species in Britain, occasionally found inland on calcareous soils in southern England, the larva feeding on hedge bedstraw (Galium mollugo) and lady's bedstraw (Galium verum). In Dorset, the moth is locally common in unimproved dry grassland along the coast between Durlston and Charmouth, including Portland, and at low-density on a handful of unimproved grassland localities on chalky soil inland, such as Melbury Down in north Dorset. The flight time covers in excess of four months, with two brood cycles suspected, with a period of seventy-two days, on average, between the first and second peaks of each cycle. The first has peaks in early June and mid-August and the second has a main peak in early-July and early-September. The national norm is for a single brood between June and early August in northern Britain and a double brood in the south.

Hill, L., 2013:

Care needed when recording this species as it has become apparent some specimens are misidentified Garden Carpet. Diagnostic includes: Costa slightly but noticeably concave from one-third to two-thirds; forewing rather narrower; dark crossband extends fully and much wider in inner half; whereas some variations of Garden Carpet exhibit a full crossband but much thinner in inner half.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 27 (68%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
25/09/201919SY88 - Wool / Lulworth
15/09/201919SY67 - Portland / Weymouth
11/09/2019109SY67 - Portland / Weymouth
04/09/201919SY67 - Portland / Weymouth
27/08/201919SY87 - Lulworth coast
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