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  Autumn Green Carpet Chloroclysta miata  

B&F: 1761

ABH: 70.096

Status: Former resident.

Distribution and Abundance: Local.

Primary Habitat: Woodland.

Flight Period: Records extend from July to April.

Localities and Last Record: Bedford Purlieus 1932, Weekley Hall Wood to 1938, Sutton Bassett 1946 and Wellingborough 1955. Last record 1975 Woodford Halse (K. Williams).

Observations: The moth was clearly well established locally in the first half of the last century. It was regarded as not rare at Castor Hanglands by R. E. M. Pilcher in his report on the site covering this early period and was described as not uncommon at light in the autumn in a 1947 Oundle School report on the moths of the Oundle district. Amongst the various records for the Kettering area is an instance on 27 September 1933 of a moth being found at rest on a shop window in the town. As it does not feature in the early m.v. light trap returns of the 1950’s and 1960’s for any of its old localities it appears that its decline started in the 1940’s.

L.O.N.: 1907. Several localities. Rather common.

First Record: 1882, Hull & Tomalin.