Silver-ground Carpet

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Silver-ground Carpet
Xanthorhoe montanata-03 (xndr).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Xanthorhoe
Species: X. montanata
Binomial name
Xanthorhoe montanata
Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775

The Silver-ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is common throughout the Palearctic region, the Near East and North Africa.

Xanthorhoe montanata.jpg

The wingspan is 29–33 mm although some northern races may be smaller. The forewings are white with a broad shaded band which varies from pale grey to almost black. The hindwings are also white with pale fascia and a small black discal spot. The species flies from May to July [1], usually at dusk. It will come to light but is not strongly attracted.

The larva is grey with a purplish-brown back. It has been recorded feeding on bedstraw, Corydalis, globeflower, hemlock and primrose and probably feeds on other low-growing plants. The species overwinters as a larva.

  1. ^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.


  • X. m. iberica
  • X. m. lapponica
  • X. m. montanata
  • X. m. shetlandica

External links[edit]


Chinery, Michael Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe 1986 (Reprinted 1991)

Skinner, Bernard Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles 1984