Silver-ground Carpet

Xanthorhoe montanata


Wingspan 29 - 33mm. Pale, whitish to grey fore-wings with a band of dark red to brown markings. Quite variable but distinctive.


Damp places, including woodland edge, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Rank damp vegetation where the caterpillars feed on bedstraws and goose-grass.

Status and distribution

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

Best time to see

May to July.