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).

    70.087 BF1752

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map