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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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22 June, 2010

Silver Ground Carpet (Xanthorhoe montanata)

Here is another moth that makes a lie of the belief that butterflies fly by day and moths by night.

The Silver Ground Carpet is a light sleeper and is easily disturbed during the day from grassy roadside verges, hedgerows and woodland scrub. It emerges early in the evening when things start to cool rather than as it gets dark and is not attracted to light at all so never falls in to the moth trap.

This is a widespread and common species throughout the country and is very common in Dorset. It flies from late May until mid-July and its larvae then feed on bedstraws and other low growing flowering plants.