Red Twin-spot Carpet

  • Red Twin-spot Carpet
    Red Twin-spot Carpet

Scientific name: Xanthorhoe spadicearia

April - August. Britain and Ireland. A small moth with tawny brown and red-banded forewings. Found in a wide range of places, including gardens, woodland, hedgerows, downlands and marshes.

Very similar to red forms of the Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, although the Red Twin-spot Carpet tends to have brighter markings, with a clearer whiter band bordering the central red band and has a more banded appearance.

Rests during the day on shaded rocks, stone walls, bushes, hedges and tree trunks from which it is easily disturbed. Flies from dusk and into the night.

Size and Family

  • Family – Carpets and Allies (Larentiines)
  • Small Sized 

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Priority Species
  • Common

Particular Caterpillar Food Plants

Various herbs, but particularly bedstraws, Ground-ivy and Wild Carrot.


  • Countries – England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Common and widespread throughout most of England and Wales, found in lowland areas of Scotland, becoming less frequent further north and in Ireland.  Common on the Channel Islands.


Many habitats including gardens, woodland, fens, moorland and coastal sand dunes.

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