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1728 ~ Garden Carpet ~ Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A common species found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 27-31mm.

Confusion species

Galium Carpet, Striped Twin-spot Carpet, Twin-spot Carpet and Silver-ground Carpet.

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Mainly gardens, but also found in most other habitats.


Herbaceous plants of the cabbage family.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa beneath the soil. Larva June-early November.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 15th Aug 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by MDH, 5th Sept 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 5th Sept 2010, Commins Coch

Photo by PRW, 6th Sept 2010, Commins Coch