The Common Marbled Carpet

This week’s moth, the common marbled carpet, Dysstroma truncata is one you’re quite likely to come across if you ever set up a moth trap, but it is something of a tricky customer to identify!

It can take on quite a wide range of colours and patterns, as you can see here:

The one pictured below is quite a distinctive example with the brown patches on the centre of the forewings, and was found at Wimbleball Lake last October. 

In keeping with its wide-ranging appearance, the common marbled carpet moth is widespread throughout the UK, can be found in a wide variety of habitats, feeds on a wide range of plants, and can be found over a wide period of the year, as late as November in the South of England.

By Chris Eyles, Senior Warden for Exmoor


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