Geometridae: Larentiinae

08316 Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata, ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

BF1750 (ABH70.103)


General Information

This species is characterized by its tapering, shiny forewing. It has a strong dark crossband, usually highlighted with white edging. The early flight season means that this moth is unlikely to be confused with any other.


Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light.
Often disturbed during day

Forewing length: 14-17mm.
Foodplant(s): Lady's Bedstraw (Galium verum), Hedge Bedstraw (Galium mollugo), cleavers (Galium aparine), Heath Bedstraw (Galium saxatile)
Flying: One generation, April-May
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Woodland, grassy areas, scrub and heathland.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

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Phoenix Eulithis prunata
Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata
Western Stara Planina, Serbia, 10th June 2016. Male
Western Stara Planina, Serbia, 10th June 2016. Male
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Broken-barred Carpet Electrophaes corylata

Larva Type:
Brown, yellow, black, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: