Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Similar West Midlands Species
Red Twin-spot Carpet
Xanthorhoe spadicearia
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Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Xanthorhoe ferrugata

(Clerck, 1759) 1725 / 70.052

A common but declining species across 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 Red Twin-spot Carpet. Red Twin-spot generally brighter and central band more distinctly edged white. Underneath of Red Twin-spot is brighter and orange-brown towards the tip, plainer and greyer on Dark-barred. This species also lacks the notch on the outer edge of the central band near the apex. Check genitalia if in doubt.

Verification Grade Comment: Take a photo if in doubt

Recorded in 95 (68%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 12-13mm.
Flight: May - June, July - August
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants including bedstraws
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
17/08/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ90
14/08/20191VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82
10/08/20192VC39 - StaffordshireSO88
09/08/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO54
07/08/20192VC39 - StaffordshireSJ82

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