Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata
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Geometridae » Larentiinae
A spring-flying species, the adults of this moth are on the wing in April and May
A number of variations or aberrations occur,
Lampropteryx suffumata ab. porrittii, found in Yorkshire, but scarce elsewhere.- Striking black and white banded
Lampropteryx suffumata f. piceata A Fairly Plain ground colour form
The ground colour is brownish. Between the wingbase and the midfield, as well as between the central and margin field is a whitish lateral band. The dark midfield is serrated on both sides. The outer cross line limiting the midfield and shows a clearly protruding double wave. The margin field is heavily obscured below the apex.The hind wings are pale grey and have a strongly curved dark cross line.
The main confusion species is Devon Carpet L. otregiata, see for differences. Superficially similar to a number of other species, including Phoenix Eulithis prunata, but has a pair of small notches on basal edge of broad bar on forewing.
The larvae feed on bedstraw (Galium).
It can be found in woodland, grassy areas, chalk downland and scrubland