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Red Twin-spot Carpet
Xanthorhoe spadicearia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Geometridae: Larentiinae
1724 / 70.051
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Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
Xanthorhoe ferrugata
Forewing: 12-13mm.
Flight: Two Generations. Apr-Jun. Jul-Aug.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants.
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Status
Very similar, but much more common than Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet. (see next species for info)

Can be separated by the underside of the forewing, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet being uniform grey with little contrast. Red Twin-spot Carpet shows a contrasting pattern with deep ginger colouration towards the apex of the underside.

Red Twin-spot Carpet also has a dark banded form, leading to confusion with Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet. Determination by dissection of the genitalia may be required.

Recorded in 66 (89%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1886.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
22/05/2024127TG24Cromer
20/05/2024128TF63Snettisham
18/05/2024127TG41Filby
17/05/2024127TG20Stoke Holy Cross
17/05/2024127TG14Felbrigg / Runton
16/05/2024127TG51Scratby
15/05/2024127TG04Cley next the Sea
14/05/2024127TG04Cley next the Sea
13/05/2024127TG04Cley next the Sea
12/05/2024128TF70Cockley Cley
Further info: Xanthorhoe spadicearia
 
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