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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map

MAP KEY:

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

UK Map