Purple Bar - Cosmorhoe ocellata


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

Identification difficulty

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).

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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