Ruddy Carpet - Catarhoe rubidata


Wingspan 26 to 31 mm. The colourful combinations of pinks and browns make this an easy species to identify.

Identification difficulty

It occupies open woodland, scrubland, downland and sea-cliffs.

When to see it

Flies mainly in June and July.

Life History

The larvae feed mainly on bedstraws.

UK Status

An uncommon species, found locally in the southern parts of England and Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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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