Idaea rusticata

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Idaea rusticata
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Idaea
Species: I. rusticata
Binomial name
Idaea rusticata
Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
  • Acidalia rusticata
  • Sterrha rusticata
  • Idaea vulpinaria Herrich-Schäffer, 1852

The Least Carpet (Idaea rusticata, or I. vulpinaria) is a moth of the family Geometridae. It is found in Europe.

The species has a wingspan of 19–21 mm. The length of the forewings is 9–11 mm. The adults fly at night from July to August,[1] and are attracted to light. Of all moths in Britain it showed the greatest percentage increase in abundance during the period 1968 to 2007,[1] and expanded its range beyond the vicinity of London.

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


  1. ^ Platt, John R. (February 7, 2013). "3 British Moths Extinct; Most Other Species in Decline". Extinction Countdown. Scientific American. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 

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