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70.068 (BF1748)

Beautiful Carpet   

Mesoleuca albicillata
Adult: 1
Resident, local, widespread. Widely distributed across Britain but restricted to woodland and usually seen only in small numbers, Significantly decreased in distribution since 1970.



Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa in loose earth. Larva appear from July to September.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on Bramble, Raspberry and Hazel.


Woodland, and sometimes scrub and farmland.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway for VC73 at Dalskairth, near Dumfries by Lennon who stated that it was ‘not common’, for VC74 in 1898 at Corsemalzie by Gordon (1919) who found it to be ‘frequent in open clearings in woods, but also in gardens’ and for VC72 in 1952 at Tynron by Duncan.

127 record(s) from 25 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1976 2022 2021
70.068 Beautiful Carpet
70.068 Beautiful Carpet

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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