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Garden Carpet

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Peter Orchard

A very common species that can be seen almost anywhere from April right through until October



  • Xanthorhoe fluctuata: the garden carpet moth

    Post date: Friday, 8 April, 2016 - 00:00

    Although named the garden carpet (Xanthorhoe fluctuata) this moth can be seen just about anywhere and is common in suburban gardens as well as in more rural areas. It can often be found during the day resting on walls and fences.

    This is a very common species and can be seen any time from April right through until October which suggests it has multiple broods each year that overlap in flying time. Its larvae feed on flowers of the cruciferae family, and there are many members of that family, and they are well able to grow in all sorts of urban environments which accounts for the wide distribution of this species.


Common Name Garden Carpet
Scientific Name Xanthorhoe fluctuata
Species Group Moths 085 387 Geometerids
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Moths 085 387 Geometerids