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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Fairly common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 11-15mm.

Foodplant: Many plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291953192618861960
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records726403152891176
Number of individuals58911703012347289
Unique positions911449315645
Unique locations861399115243
Adult records702372119861165
Immature records11000

For the county, we have a total of 2348 records from 511 sites. First recorded in 1886.


70.131 Twin-spot Carpet 03
© Andy Nunn
70.131 Twin-spot Carpet 02
© Ian Marshall, 21 Jun 2009
70.131 Twin-spot Carpet 01
© Charles Fletcher, 18 Jul 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Often common in all kinds of habitat, from the high moors of the west and north to woodland and hedgerows in lowland agricultural areas. Particularly abundant in the uplands where it is one of the most prominent species of moth. Often seen in daylight and at dusk. Although it does fly by night, it seems to be not particularly attracted by MV light traps.

2012 (CHF): The comments in Sutton and Beaumont are still valid. Numbers have reduced recently and it is difficult to be sure whether this is a genuine decline or whether it is partly due to an over-reliance on light traps.

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