The Moths of Suffolk
1722 Flame Carpet, Xanthorhoe designata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Localised and infrequent

Habitats : Wide range, mainly fens, heathland, wood, scrub

Flight Period : Double-brooded; mid-April to June and late July to September

Larval foodplants : Unknown in the wild

Morley's Final Catalogue : Curiously sparse ; thinly scattered everywhere, but nearly always taken singly; very rare around Ipswich. Bentley before 1890 (Ml, none later); Copdock (Hkg); Needham, Stowmarket, Bury. Singly at Parham Wood in 1918, Onehouse Wood in 1928, Tuddenham Fen in 1933 and Fritton Lake at light in 1934, only (Mly); Gorleston(Wilt). Abounds in Norfolk Broads.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-14mm, Wingspan 25-28mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRed Carpet, Xanthorhoe decoloraria

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Norfolk (vii.2003) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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North Cove, Suffolk (7.viii.2009) © A Prichard
Burgh Castle, Suffolk (19.iv.2011) © Brian Jones
Dunwich Forest, Suffolk (25.v.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Oulton marshes, Suffolk (9.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (28.iv.2014) © Neil Sherman