Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Xanthorhoe ferrugata
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Red Twin-spot Carpet
Xanthorhoe spadicearia

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775) 1724 / 70.051

A common species in the south, less common in the north of the region.

Found in a wide range of habitats.

Comes readily to light and overwinters as a pupa.

Note Care is needed to separate from Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet. Latter usually lacks red or purple in central band (there is a red form). Red Twin-spot generally brighter and central band more distinctly edged white. The outer edge of the red band near the costa usually has a distinct notch in it whiuch is lacking in the DBTSC. Underneath is brighter and orange-brown towards the tip on Red Twin-spot, plainer and greyer on Dark-barred. Check genitalia if in doubt.

Verification Grade Comment: Take a photo or dissect if in doubt

Recorded in 100 (71%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 12-13mm.
Flight: April - June, July - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants especially bedstraws
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
26/08/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO38
26/08/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO74
26/08/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO97
19/08/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO65
18/08/20221VC40 - ShropshireSJ61

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