Red Twin-spot Carpet - Xanthorhoe spadicearia

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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)

    Reference
    70.051 BF1724

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map