Green Carpet

Colostygia pectinataria

Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria

A beautiful green coloured carpet moth when fresh, but fades rather quickly and becomes duller. Wingspan 22 to 27mm.

Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria

The caterpillars feed on Bedstraws.

Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria

The adults are seen May to July, August to September.

Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria

Found in most habitats, including gardens. Attracted to light, and may also be seen during the day. A common and widespread species.


June 2011, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011.

Common Marbled Carpet

Chloroclysta truncata

Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata

Quite a variable species of macro-moth. One form has a large light-brownish patch on the forewings, whilst others are black  or dark brown. Wingspan 24 to 30mm.

Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata

The adults fly May to June, August to October in two generations. Easily attracted to light.

The caterpillar feeds on various trees and shrubs.

Found most places, from gardens, woods and grassland. A common and widespread species.


June 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2013.