Green Carpet

  • Green Carpet
    Green Carpet

Scientific name: Colostygia pectinataria

May - September. Britain and Ireland. Small green moth, fades to yellow or white as moth ages. Found in a wide range of habitats, including gardens, open woodland and chalk downland.

When freshly emerged the green colour of the forewing, combined with the wing markings, help to distinguish this moth from most others. This green colour fades to yellowish, whitish or even pinkish white with age. Easily disturbed by day. Often seen flying from just before dusk, also flies into the night. Sometimes common where it occurs.

Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Hedge Bedstraw, Heath Bedstraw and other bedstraws.


  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Widely distributed over England, Wales, Scotland, including the Hebrides and Orkney, and Ireland.  Also found on the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.


Found in most habitats, including gardens, hedgerows, calcareous grassland, heathland, open woodlands, fens and moorland.