Sunday, 13 July 2014

Chalk Carpet - Coombs Dale

The Chalk Carpet is one of a relatively small number of moths that has its own biodiversity action plan. Its designated as Nationally Scarce B meaning there are only records from 31-100 10km squares since 1980. 
In the Midlands the Peak District is the stronghold for the species which inhabits limestone and chalk grasslands. It is relatively easy to find during the day when it is disturbed from the ground or rocky areas, like this one flushed from the side of the path in Coombs Dale this morning.
It probably occurs in most of the limestone dales.

Chalk Carpet distribution (c.NBN Gateway)

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