Common Carpet

Eppirhoe alternata


Wingspan 27 - 30mm. Although variable, the wing pattern is quite distinctive.


Woodlands, hedgerows, meadows, gardens and waste ground. The larval food plants are members of the bedstraw family.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

May to September in two broods.