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

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