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Silver-ground carpet moth?

Observed: 29th May 2011 By: DidorDidor’s reputation in Invertebrates

If my id is correct, is it a pest or is its name co-incidental?

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which silver-ground carpet moth (Xanthorhoe montanata) interacts


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The term "Carpet"

is a reference to the pattern, rather than their eating habits.
There are moths that attack fabrics and textiles, but the larvae of this species feed on bedstraws and relatives.
The misapprehension is partly maintained by some unscrupulous pest controllers, who have been known to mislead the unwary into thinking that the name does refer to potentially damaging behaviour.