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PICTURE: Disturbed from grass by day at South Landing, Flamborough Head, East Riding, August 2009.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: Moths of this species are fairly common residents, and are widely distributed through out the British Isles.

 

WING SPAN: 24 to 27mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

        

FLIGHT PERIOD: The moth is double brooded in the southern Britain, and single brooded in the north. The first brood in the south is on the wing from mid May to mid June, in the north from late May to early July. Second brood adults fly from about the end of July and throughout August. These moths come to light in small numbers.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: The mature caterpillars are up to about 18mm in length. They can be found in July and September. Pupation takes soon after reaching maturity, in the south the first generation emerge in late summer, and the second generation over winter at the pupal stage. They emerge as adults in the spring. In the north it is the first, and only generation that over winter as pupae.

 

HABITAT: They inhabit open bushy area's where the food plants grow.              

FOOD PLANT/S:   They feed on Bedstraw and some other low growing herbaceous plants.

SIMILAR SPECIES: The red banded form of the Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet is similar.

 

           
               
             
               
             
 

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