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70.263 (BF1939)

Ringed Carpet   

Cleora cinctaria
Adult: 2
Resident, very rare, local. Nationally Scarce. A few scattered populations in the New Forest area and North Wales. In Scotland found in Dumfries and Galloway and in the western Highlands.


It is quite possible that this species is being overlooked in this region as worn examples can appear very similar to the Engrailed and Small Engrailed. The much straighter costa and more pointed forewing apices of cinctaria should support identification, despite the condition of the specimens being worn.

Sub-species bowesi is generally whiter and greyer than the nominate race and is likely to be the only form found in Dumfries & Galloway.

Specimen or quality photo required for record acceptance.

Recording method

Adult moths can be found resting on tree trunks during the day, comes to light.

Life cycle

One generation. It overwinters as a pupa, in plant debris just below the surface. Larvae are present late May to early August.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on birches, heathers, Blaeberry and Bog Myrtle.


Damp heathland and bogs.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway for VC72 in 1946 at Lochar Moss by Cunningham, in 1961 for VC73 in Glen Trool Forest by Shaw and in 1976 for VC74 at the Penninghame House Rothamsted light trap.

25 record(s) from 8 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1976 2012 2019

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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