Twin-spot Carpet - Mesotype didymata

    Alternative names
    Perizoma didymata
    Description

    Wingspan 24 to 29 mm. This species exhibits some variation, with darker forms occurring in the north, and a reddish brown subspecies hethlandica in the Shetland Isles.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Areas where the larval foodplants are plentiful.

    When to see it

    The moths fly from June through to August, and can be attracted to light.

    Life History

    The green larvae feed on a range of plants such as bilberry, willow and heather.

    UK Status

    Fairly common in places throughout the British Isles.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident).

    Reference
    70.131 BF1809

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