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70.138 (BF1808)

Sandy Carpet   

Perizoma flavofasciata
Adult: 1
Resident, common, widespread. Widespread in England and Wales and historically more coastal in Scotland although now found more inland at low altitudes.



Recording method

Can be found by searching around the foodplant Red Campion, comes to light around dusk.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present mid July to early September, living inside the seed capsules.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on the Red Campion flowers and ripening seeds


Mature hedgerows, grasslands, edges of open woodland and sand-dunes.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1874 for VC73 in the Castle Douglas area by Robinson-Douglas, in 1899 for VC74 near Monreith by Morton and in 1944 for VC72 at Tynron by Duncan.

1063 record(s) from 45 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
70.138 Sandy Carpet
70.138 Sandy Carpet
70.138 Sandy Carpet
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 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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