Geometridae: Larentiinae

08254 Large Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata, (Clerck, 1759)

BF1726 (ABH70.055)


General Information

This species is larger than most other moths in the family. The clear, broad central cross-band is usually grey with darker lines running through it, with an elongated dark central dot. There is a melanic form f. thedenii.


Pupates in loose earth.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 14-16mm.
Foodplant(s): bedstraws (Galium spp.), Primrose (Primula vulgaris), violets (Viola spp.), herbaceous plants
Flying: One generation, mid June-early August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Damp, usually ancient, broadleaved woodland, fenland carr and scrubby heathland.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Balsam Carpet Xanthorhoe biriviata
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata

Larva Type:
Grey, brown, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: