Geometridae : Larentiinae
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Photo © Richard Stace,  29.04.2022 The Wadd and Gromford Meadow, Snape

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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

Morley's Final Catalogue: Constantly beaten from every hedge in the County, from Nayland to Gorleston.

Recent Suffolk Status: Very common.

Life history: Double-brooded.

Identification: This species and Dark barred twin-spot carpet are a tricky pair to tell apart. Dark barred appears rarer in the county and is more associated with wetland habitats. Dark barred can have a distinctive small notch on the inner edge of the dark band, but this feature is not 100% reliable. Dark barred also has a red form but this is apparently rare. Records of red coloured moths will generally be accepted as Red twin-spot but not as the red form of Dark barred unless dissection is undertaken.

Habitat: A wide variety of habitats including gardens.

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/08/2023126TL77 - Mildenhall
21/08/2023225TM48 - Beccles/Brampton
21/08/2023126TL77 - Mildenhall
21/08/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
19/08/2023+25TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
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Forewing: 12-13mm.
Flight: Two Generations. Apr-Jun. Jul-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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