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70.104 (BF1751)

Devon Carpet   

Lampropteryx otregiata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, local. Historically limited to damp woodland in south-west England but recently has spread to to Wales and Cumbria. In Scotland only in Dumfries and Galloway. Very large increases in distribution and abundance since 1970.

See also Moth of the Week (25/08/2019)


Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance due to its rarity status. Very similar to Water Carpet, which is larger and only appears in the spring; also Small Phoenix, but that lacks the strong central projection on the outer side of the cross-band.

Recording method

Flies at early dusk, comes to light.

Life cycle

Overwinters as a pupa, presumably under plant debris on the ground. Larva appear during June to July and September to October. The eggs are laid near the flowers of the foodplant.

Larval foodplants

Marsh Bedstraw.


Damp woodland, on heavy soils.


First recorded for Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway in 2013 in VC74 at Glassoch Farm, north-west of Newton Stewart by Richard Mearns, in 2015 for VC72 at Caerlaverock by Alison Robertson and also in 2015 for VC73 at Rascarrell Plantation by Richard Mearns.

70 record(s) from 21 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2013 2022 2022
70.104 Devon Carpet
70.104 Devon Carpet

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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