Silver-ground Carpet

  • Silver-ground Carpet
    Silver-ground Carpet

Scientific name: Xanthorhoe montanata

May - July. Britain and Ireland. Medium-sized, generally white moth with an irregular dark cross-band on the forewing. Found in hedgerows, scrub, woodland, fens, chalk downland and gardens.

The wings vary from white to brownish-white, the central band varying in width and shade and can also be reduced to blotches near the leading edge.  Similar to the Garden Carpet which tends to be smaller and darker, with an incomplete central band.

Can be easily disturbed from vegetation during the day from grassy ditches and the edges of woodland rides. Flies from dusk and into the night.

Size and Family

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

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

A variety of herbs, including Cleavers, Hedge Bedstraw and Primrose.


  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Well distributed and common throughout Britain and Ireland, including the Hebrides and Orkney.  Less frequent and more restricted in the Channel Islands.  A slightly darker and smaller form with a less distinct central band frequents Shetland.


Frequents damp places with tall vegetation including gardens, hedgerows, fens, woodland, heathland, scrub and grassland.

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