The Moths of Suffolk
1725 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Xanthorhoe ferrugata, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Wide variety, including fens, heathland, woodland, scrub, grassland and gardens

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

Larval foodplants : A variety of herbaceous plants

Comments : Generally appears to be less frequently recorded than Red Twin-spot Carpet, although at some sites this regularly appears to be the more prevalent species. Care must be taken to distinguish this species from the similar Red Twin-spot Carpet

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

Wingspan details : Forewing 12-13mm, Wingspan 24-27mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultRed Twin-spot Carpet, Xanthorhoe spadicearia

Compare confusion species
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Kent (3.viii.2002) © M Deans

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Dunwich forest, Suffolk (16.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Red form - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman
Kent (3.viii.2002) © L Gregory
 
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Red form - Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
Dunwich forest, Suffolk (16.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman