Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Garden Carpet
Xanthorhoe fluctuata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1728 / 70.049

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on members of the cabbage family (Brassicaceae spp.). In Dorset, the moth is most common in suburban localities and along the Purbeck coast and on Portland, where cabbage (Brassica oleracea) is grows on cliff tops and on ledges. Elsewhere it is noted in moderate numbers. The moth may be observed on the wing over a five-month period, and two brood cycles are likely. Variation has been noted in ab. immaculata, a form where the median... Read More

Recorded in 39 (98%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 13-16mm
Flight: Two or three generations April - October
Foodplant:   Various brassica family plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
06/11/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
04/11/201919SY49 Bridport
23/10/201919SY49 Bridport
21/10/201929SY98 Wareham
20/10/201919SY98 Wareham

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