The Moths of Suffolk
1871 Grey Carpet, Lithostege griseata, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : RDB

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Locally common in the Brecks

Habitats : Grassland, fens, scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late May to early July

Larval foodplants : Seedpods of Flixweed

Morley's Final Catalogue : A south and Central European species, occurring in Britain only in Norfolk and with us, where its range curiously coincides with that of E. trabealis, since the late Henry Lingwood discovered it at Needham Market, where it seems now extinct. Otherwise it exists solely in the Breck :- "A large number of the larvae of Lithostege nivearia, not long included in the British catalogue, taken on Sisymbrium Sophia, which is the commonest cornweed in the Breck District, hence the abundance " of the moths (Wratislaw, Suff. Inst. 4ly Journ. Jan. 1869, 23 ; cf. Suff. Inst. iv, 1870, 219). Levelly distributed over the District, where those who want it must come from all Britain (and they do!): Brandon (Stainton 1859 to Hawley 1937).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 29-33mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Barnhamcross Common (26.v.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Barnhamcross Common (7.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Maidscross Hill, Lakenheath (v.2003) © N Sherman
Pashford Poors, Suffolk (viii.1998) © N Sherman
 
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Thetford (13.vi.2001) © L Gregory
Larva on Flixweed - Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (14.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Larva on Flixweed - Barnhamcross Common, Suffolk (14.vii.2009) © A Prichard