The Moths of Suffolk
1726 Large Twin-spot Carpet, Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata, (Clerck, 1759)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and reasonably frequent

Habitats : Damp woodland, scrubby heathland, fens and scrub

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to early August

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : It has been found in Suffolk (Stephens 1831, 216). Quite common locally here, near the end of its north-east range; especially in hedges north of Ipswich. Very local round Sudbury (Harwood); Copdock (Hkg); Ipswich (Pyett); Barham and Henley (Sparke); Orwell Wood in 1901, Felixstow and Orford in 1902 (Gibbs); in plenty on tree-trunks at Brandeston (G); Monks Soham rare in late April 1933 and at Mildenhall (Mly) common near Burgh Castle (Harwood); Fritton in 1935 (D). Extends to Brandon (Entom. xiv, 230; xv, 19).

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-16mm, Wingspan 29-32mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBalsam Carpet, Xanthorhoe biriviata
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Xanthorhoe ferrugata

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found at night on nettles - Kenton Hills, Suffolk (iii.2003) © N Sherman
Eye (29.vi.2001) © Paul Kitchener
Benhall Green, Suffolk (4.vii.2006) © A Prichard