Geometridae: Larentiinae

1809 (ABH70.131) Twin-spot Carpet Mesotype didymata (=Perizoma), (Linnaeus, 1758)

KR08465

 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Twin-spot Carpet
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

Pupates in leaf litter.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Male readily comes to light, sometimes in numbers. Female not.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: 11-15mm.
Foodplant(s): Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), Heather (Calluna vulgaris), sallows (Salix spp.), Greater Stitchwort (Stellaria holostea), Red Campion (Silene dioica), willowherbs (Epilobium spp.), Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvetris), plants and shrubs
Flying: One generation, June-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Moorland, woodland and hedgerows.

Regional Information

Recorded in 67 (24.8%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in June 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 27 May to 25 August

Similar Species
Great Staughton
Great Staughton
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Green, white, yellow, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2