Red Twin-spot Carpet - Xanthorhoe spadicearia


Wingspan 24-27 mm. It is rather similar to the Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet and some specimens are very difficult to tell apart.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, woodland, hedgerows, downs, fens, moors and sand-dunes.

When to see it

May to June and again in July and August in the south. In more northern parts there is only one brood in June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed on low-growing plants such as Knotgrass and Bedstraw.

UK Status

Found fairly commonly 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

Quite 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

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