The Moths of Suffolk
1809 Twin-spot Carpet, Perizoma didymata, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and not uncommon

Habitats : Woodland, hedgerows, heathland and fens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to August

Larval foodplants : Various; bilberry, heather, sallows, Red Campion, willow-herbs and Cow Parsley

Morley's Final Catalogue : Extremely abundant at dusk in lanes everywhere, excepting near the coast, e.g. about Gorleston.

Wingspan details : Forewing 11-15mm, Wingspan 24-32mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGarden Carpet, Xanthorhoe fluctuata
Striped Twin-spot Carpet, Nebula salicata

Compare confusion species
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Benhall Green, Suffolk (4.vii.2006) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found by day on Bilberry - Drumcroy Hill, Perthshire (29.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
Hartland Point, Devon (29.viii.2015) © Neil Sherman