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Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 23,564

Can anyone help me to identify this beautiful moth that visited my garden recently?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 53,110

    One of the Carpet Moths?  Not sure which ... possibly the Galium Carpet?  

    http://butterfly-conservation.org/51/1/identify-a-moth.html 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,882

    I think it's one of the carpets. ?Netted maybe. Not sure, I don't think we've had that one in the trap.

    They're not called carpet moths because they eat carpets Ladybird, that sort are something different altogether

    Last edited: 20 August 2016 14:59:54

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 53,110

    Glad I was on the right track image   All the Carpet Moths are incredibly beautiful aren't they?

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  • I think it is a Galium Carpet - it seems to be rather variable, but Google gives some close matches.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 23,564

    Thank you so much Dove, nutcutlet and Alan. It was so beautiful I had to take a picture as I had never seen one like that before. Eeek, I've just looked up Galium and one of that plant family is the wretched Goosegrass or Cleavers. I wonder if that is what the moth caterpillars feed on? If so they'll have a field day in my garden!

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 25,882

    Food plant is Bedstraws, related to goosegrass, maybe they'd eat some of that as wellimage

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 23,564

    Having further researched after your assistance in pointing me in the right direction, it might be the Broken Barred Carpet. Please take a look and see if you all agree

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  • It is similar to the Broken Barred, but according to my book it only flies in May and June, which seems to rule it out. The Galium has a second brood in August.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 23,564

    I did actually photograph this in June and only just got it put onto my laptop. whatever it is I'm glad to have found it in the garden image

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