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70.046 (BF1719)

Oblique Carpet   

Orthonama vittata
Adult: 1
Resident. scarce, widespread. UK BAP Priority Species. Restricted to wetland habitats in western Britain although there are scattered records throughout Scotland except for most of Dumfries and Galloway where it is widespread. Has undergone significant decreases in distribution and abundance since 1970.


The straw-coloured forewing, with a dark streak from the apical point to the cross-lines is diagnostic.

Life cycle

Two generations. Overwinters as a larva, during September to July.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on Marsh Bedstraw and other bedstraws.


This wetland species is to be found in fens, bogs, wet heath and damp woodland.


First recorded in Dumfries and Galloway in VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon, who noted that it was ‘abundant in meadows and damp places’, for VC73 in 1942 near Gatehouse of Fleet by Russell and for VC72 in 1943 at Tynron by Duncan.

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

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2020 2022 2022
70.046 Oblique Carpet
70.046 Oblique Carpet

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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