Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Beautiful Carpet
Mesoleuca albicillata

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1748 / 70.068

Davey, P., 2009: A low density species in Britain, the larva feeding on bramble (Rubus fruticosus) and raspberry (Rubus idaeus). In Dorset, the moth is rare and tends to be recorded as singletons from the eastern half of the county. The few Beautiful Carpet records contain locality data that hint at a preferred habitat of open, often actively forested woodland where bramble flourishes in recently created clearings.

Recorded in 18 (45%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1928.
Last Recorded in 2018.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-18mm
Flight: May - August
Foodplant:   Bramble, Raspberry and Hazel
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
09/07/201819SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
24/07/201719ST40 Beaminster
17/07/201719ST40 Beaminster
07/07/201729SY89 Bere Regis
18/06/201719SY39 Lyme Regis

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