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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 14-16mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291991198319892002
Year last recorded20142014201420142014
Number of records871201283361105
Number of individuals9362714391277153
Unique positions9856976021
Unique locations9853885818
Adult records869200283348105
Immature records00000

For the county, we have a total of 1821 records from 315 sites. First recorded in 1929.


70.055 Large Twin-spot Carpet 06
© Terry Box, 1 Jul 2017
70.055 Large Twin-spot Carpet 05
© Damian Money
70.055 Large Twin-spot Carpet 04
© Andy Nunn
70.055 Large Twin-spot Carpet 03
© Dave Shenton
70.055 Large Twin-spot Carpet 02
© Charles Fletcher, 15 Jun 2002
70.055 Large Twin-spot Carpet 01
© Terry Box, 27 Jun 2011

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This species is slowly increasing its northwards range, at first moving up the coast and now also inland. First found in Yorkshire at light in 1978 at Hornsea Mere by R. Hawley.

Beaumont, 2002:
VC62. Grosmont, 14.8.1996 (WN); Millington Wood, 8.8.2000 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.
VC64. Bishop Wood, 23.7.1997; Drax, 27.7 & 2.8.1997 (EDC). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

2012 (CHF): This species is now widespread across the county though much less common in the west. It has spread north into VC66. We receive between 100 and 200 records now per year.

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