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70.097 (BF1764)

Common Marbled Carpet   

Dysstroma truncata
Adult: 2
Resident, very common, widespread. Very widespread in a variety of habitats throughout Britain. The distribution has increased since 1970.


Care needed in separating from Dark Marbled Carpet from July onwards when Common Marbled Carpet emerges. Check hindwing for central cross-line which are more rounded and at an obtuse angle, compared to Dark Marbled Carpet.

Recording method

Readily disturbed by day, visits sugar, blackberries and ivy flowers, readily comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva during September to May, pupation taking place on the foodplant.

Larval foodplants

A wide variety of woody plants, such as sallow, birches, bramble, hawthorn, privet and heathers.


A wide range of habitats with many foodplants, but mainly woody species.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1820 for VC72 at Raehills by Little, in 1898 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon where it was ‘common’ and in 1942 for VC73 at Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell.

2654 record(s) from 67 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022
70.097 Common Marbled Carpet
70.097 Common Marbled Carpet
70.097 Common Marbled Carpet
70.097 Common Marbled Carpet70.097 Common Marbled Carpet70.097 Common Marbled Carpet

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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