Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet - Xanthorhoe ferrugata


Wingspan 18 to 22 mm. The most reliable way to separate this species from Red Twin-spot Carpet is to look closely at the whitish line on the inner edge of the dark central band. In this species it shows a distinct 'notch'. However, it also tends to be darker and less 'red'.

Identification difficulty

Various habitats.

When to see it

The moths fly in May and June, and again in August. Further north there is usually only one brood, in June and July.

Life History

The larval diet consists of a variety of low plants.

UK Status

Fairly common throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map