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70.095 (BF1760)

Red-Green Carpet   

Chloroclysta siterata
Adult: 2
Resident, common, widespread. A woodland species widespread throughout Britain. Shows very large, long-term increases in abundance and distribution.


Very variable in colour, but told from other green geometrids by the presence of reddish-brown marbling or streaks on the forewing.

Recording method

Found at ivy flowers and sallow catkins, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation late summer and autumn, with the adult female overwintering, reappearing after hibernation in the spring. Larvae are present June to August, with pupation in plant debris.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on various trees, especially oaks.


Broadleaved woodland, scrub, hedgerows, gardens and other places with trees.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1862 for VC72 at the Crichton Institution, Dumfries by Lennon, in 1898 for VC74 at Corsemalzie by Gordon who stated it was ‘scarce, with one being found at a window at home’, and not util 1974 for VC73 at Gatehouse of Fleet in the Rothamsted moth trap there.

850 record(s) from 53 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2021 2022 2022
70.095 Red-green Carpet
70.095 Red-green Carpet
70.095 Red-green Carpet
70.095 Red-green Carpet70.095 Red-green Carpet70.095 Red-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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