Geometridae: Larentiinae

08253 Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata, (Clerck, 1759)

BF1725 (ABH70.052)


General Information

The most frequent form of this species, f. unidentaria, has a blackish-grey central cross-band. The other form has a reddish-brown band and can be very similar to the Red Twin-spot Carpet. See the Red Twin-spot Carpet for details of the differences.


Pupates in plant debris.

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

Forewing length: 12-13mm.
Foodplant(s): bedstraws (Galium spp.), Ground-ivy (Glechoma hederacea), docks (Rumex spp.), herbaceous plants
Flying: Two generations, May-June and late July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Gardens, woodland, hedgerows, fens, moorland and coastal sand-dunes.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Balsam Carpet Xanthorhoe biriviata
Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia
Large Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata

Larva Type:
Brown, black, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs: