Geometridae: Larentiinae

1773 (ABH70.086) Broken-barred Carpet Electrophaes corylata, (Thunberg, 1792)


 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Broken-barred Carpet
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Ross of Mull
Ross of Mull
 Photo © Brian Stone
Monks Wood
Monks Wood
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

General Information

This species is variable with the central bar sometimes appearing broken on each forewing.


Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.
Often disturbed during day

Forewing length: 14-16mm.
Foodplant(s): hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), Pedunculate Oak (Quercus robur), broadleaved trees
Flying: One generation, May-early July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common


Woodland, scrubland, heathland and gardens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 13 (4.8%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in May 2020

Recorded date range (Adult): 13 May to 17 July

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Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
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Freudenstadt, Germany, August 2012
Freudenstadt, Germany, August 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
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Larva Type:
Green, purple, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: