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70.100 (BF1776)

Green Carpet   

Colostygia pectinataria
Adult: 1
Resident, very common, widespread. Widespread throughout Britain in open habitats. Has had large increases in distribution and abundance since 1970.



Recording method

Easily disturbed by day, frequently seen at dusk, comes to light in small numbers.

Life cycle

Two generations. Overwinters as a larva during June to July, again, September to May, with pupation in a cocoon in soil.

Larval foodplants

Bedstraws and cleavers.


Most habitat types.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1858 for VC72 near Moffat by Somerville in ‘local woods’, for VC74 near Monreith by Morton and for VC73 near Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell.

1770 record(s) from 73 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2016 2022 2022
70.100 Green Carpet
70.100 Green Carpet
70.100 Green Carpet70.100 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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