Flame Carpet - Xanthorhoe designata

    Description

    Wingspan 25-28 mm. The only likely confusion is with the Red Carpet which has a sinuous outer edge to the central cross-band; in Flame Carpet the outer edge of the central cross-band is dentate with two distinct projections.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Hedgerows, gardens and woodland.

    When to see it

    There are two generations of this moth during the year. One in May and June and a second in August.

    Life History

    It feeds on various Cruciferous plants such as Rape and Cabbage.

    UK Status

    It is fairly common throughout most of 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)

    Reference
    70.053 BF1722

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map