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70.054 (BF1727)

Silver-ground Carpet   

Xanthorhoe montanata
Adult: 1
Resident, very common, widespread. Abundant and widespread throughout Britain.


Brownish-white forewings with brown cross band, and relatively plain underwing are key features.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a larva during July to May. Pupates in a cocoon in soft earth.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on range of herbaceous plants, including bedstraws.


Scrub, grassland and various other habitats.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway for VC72 at Raehills, south of Beattock by Little, for VC74 in 1899 near Monreith by Morton and for VC73 in 1942 near Gatehouse by Russell.

3299 record(s) from 82 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022

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

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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