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70.086 (BF1773)

Broken-barred Carpet   

Electrophaes corylata
Adult: 1
Resident, scarce, widespread. Widespread over mainland Britain. The distribution and abundance shows a long-term decline.


The dark narrow cross-band on the forewing with irregular edges, which is pinched-in or broken in two at the trailing edge is diagnostic.

Recording method

Comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larva appear during July to September.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on various trees including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Downy Birch and Pedunculate Oak.


Broadleaved woodland, scrub and hedgerows.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway as late as 1942 for VC73 near Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell,  in 1951 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan and in 1976 in the Rothamsted moth trap at Penninghame House, north of Newton Stewart.

149 record(s) from 44 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022
70.086 Broken-barred Carpet
70.086 Broken-barred Carpet
70.086 Broken-barred Carpet70.086 Broken-barred Carpet

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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