Common Carpet Moth


Epirrhoe alternata – And another moth that adores my garage light. This is a Geometer moth, so called because the caterpillar, called an inchworm, appears to measure the earth as it crawls along, arching and ‘looping’ its body. That is why they are also known as ‘loopers’. They are the 2nd largest family of macro-moths in the UK, with around 300 species – over 20,000 worldwide. Double-click image to enlarge.


Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata

© Peter Hillman ♦ 10th May 2020 ♦ rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


15 thoughts on “Common Carpet Moth

  1. And there, I initially thought, is a link with geometry: the fine design on this moth is delicately beautiful.

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  2. While the patterns of their scales are designed by evolution for protection they offer us delight in their artistry.Looks like another pristine individual.

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