Purple Bar - Cosmorhoe ocellata

    Description

    Wingspan 20 to 25 mm. This smallish member of the 'carpets' has a velvety look to the forewings.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Areas where bedstraws are present.

    When to see it

    It flies from May to August, usually with two generations in the south, but a single brood further north.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on various types of bedstraw.

    UK Status

    It is fairly common throughout Britain, and is regularly attracted to light. 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
    70.087 BF1752

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map