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70.096 (BF1761)

Autumn Green Carpet   

Chloroclysta miata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, local. Relatively widespread in the north and west of Britain. Has had a significant decline in distribution since 1970.


Compared to Red-green Carpet the forewings lack the reddish tinge of that species which also has more rounded forewings. Quality photo or specimen of spring moths for record acceptance.

Recording method

Found at ivy flowers and sallow catkins, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. The adult female overwinters and emerges again in spring. Larvae during June to August, pupating in plant debris.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on willows, birches, Alder, Lime and other broadleaved trees.


Woodland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens with trees.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC73 at Mabie Forest by Lennon who described it as ‘rather common’, also in 1862 for VC72 near Dumfries by Lennon who described it as ‘very common’ and 1897 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who found it to be ‘not uncommon flying at dusk, and again in spring on sallows in April’.

The adult females hibernate during the winter then emerge again in the spring although there are relatively few spring records.

250 record(s) from 35 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2015 2022 2022
70.096 Autumn Green Carpet
70.096 Autumn Green Carpet
70.096 Autumn Green Carpet70.096 Autumn Green Carpet

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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