Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Colostygia pectinataria

Green Carpet

May to September. Britain and Ireland. Small green moth, fades to yellow or white as moth ages. Found in a wide range of habitats, including gardens, open woodland and chalk downland.


When freshly emerged the green colour of the forewing, combined with the wing markings, help to distinguish this moth from most others. This green colour fades to yellowish, whitish or even pinkish white with age.


The adults are easily disturbed by day. Often seen flying from just before dusk, also flies into the night. Sometimes common where it occurs. The larvae can be found June to July and September to the following May where there are two generations and from August to the following May where there is one generation.

What does the Green Carpet eat?

The Green Carpet eats hedge Bedstraw (Galium mollugo), Heath Bedstraw (Galium saxitilis) and other bedstraws.

What habitat does the Green Carpet live in?

The Green Carpet are found in most habitats, including gardens, hedgerows, calcareous grassland, heathland, open woodlands, fens and moorland.

What family does the Green Carpet belong to?

The Green Carpet belong to the Larentiines family.

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Scientific Name

Colostygia pectinataria


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland


Small sized

Wingspan range: 24-30mm


Widely distributed over England, Wales, Scotland

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