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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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01 June, 2010

Green Carpet Moth (Colostygia pectinataria)

This is a welcome find in the moth trap. It is not rare but it is a lovely little insect with superbly patterned wings that is just nice to look at.

The Green Carpet is a member of the Geometridae family. These moth are generally triangular in shape when at rest, hence the link to geometry. It helps with identification to look for family features.

The Green Carpet is flying here in Dorset from late May through to the end of June and then we may get a second brood in the autumn depending on the weather.

It widespread and quite common although not a great visitor to light traps.