Barred Carpet Geometridae

Martania taeniata (Stephens, 1831)

Description: Wingspan 26-30mm. Adults have ochreous-coloured forewings with a distinctive dark-coloured central band.

Key Identification Features:

Sets:  male upperside

Flight Period: Throughout July.

Status: Widely distributed, but extremely local with few recent records. The moth had not been reported for many years until 1998 when two adults were flushed from the roadside hedges at Monawilkin, Fermanagh. Also recently taken at light at Garvary Wood, Fermanagh. It was previously recorded from Favour Royal and Altadiawan, Tyrone and Donard Demesne, Down.

Ecology: Found mainly in damp woodland and hedgerows. Adults show little attraction to light and are best searched for during the day by beating hedgerows. The larval foodplant in the wild is unknown, but it has been suggested that it may feed on various species of moss. It has been reared on chickweed Stellaria spp and Knotgrass Polygonum aviculare in captivity. It overwinters as a larva.

World Distribution: Throughout Europe as far east as Japan.

Bradley & Fletcher number: 1801 Agassiz number: 70.139

Additional information:

UK Moths account


 Thompson, R. S. & Nelson, B., 2003 (Oct 2). [In] The Butterflies and Moths of Northern Ireland