Fortified Carpet Scotopteryx moeniata
Fortified Carpet Scotopteryx moeniata
Adult • Beaune, France • © Chris Knott

70.044 BF1729
Fortified Carpet Scotopteryx moeniata

(Scopoli, 1763)


Wingspan c. 32mm.

Apart from a couple of unconfirmed records from northern England in the late 19th Century, and one in Jersey in 1973, this species has otherwise not been recorded from Britain.

It is present in mainland Europe where adult moths are on the wing from June or July to August/September, occupying open pine forests and heathland habitats.

Among the larval foodplants are dyer's greenweed (Genista tinctoria) and broom (Cytisus scoparius).
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