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1728 Garden Carpet, Xanthorhoe fluctuata (Linnaeus, 1758)

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A resident that occurs sparingly or fairly commonly in every habitat, but in a few spots it is markedly more numerous. It is almost always common in gardens along parts of the coast, as at Brighton and Aldwick Bay, and Inland at Crowborough. Probably generally distributed, but high numbers are local. Usually double-brooded, flying most numerously from late May to mid July and again from mid August to early October, although the moth is regularly seen from early May onwards. An occasional and partial third emergence takes place during October. Adults have been seen in every week from late March to late October. Larvae feed on Wallflower, Horseradish, Cabbage, and other Cruciferous plants. (Pratt, 2011)

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Crowborough, 12 vi 2015 Photo: Charles Waters

Xanthorhoe fluctuata (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Distribution map for Xanthorhoe fluctuata

(Distribution at 1km scale)

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Phenology chart for Xanthorhoe fluctuata

Phenology: Adult records only

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