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

Davey, P., 2009: A common species in Britain, the larva feeding on lady's bedstraw (Galium verum), goosegrass (Galium aparine), knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare) and other herbaceous low-growing plants. In Dorset, the moth is common to abundant on chalky soils. It is recorded in marsh and river habitat where it is possibly associated with common marsh-bedstraw (Galium palustre) and fen bedstraw (Galium uliginosum); also on clay soils and in nutrient-rich arable land where goosegrass and knotgrass... Read More

Recorded in 40 (100%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
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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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
10/09/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
03/09/201919SY98 Wareham
02/09/201919ST61 Sherborne
25/08/201919SY78 Broadmayne
22/08/201919SZ07 Swanage

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