Geometridae: Larentiinae

1722 (ABH70.053) Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata, (Hufnagel, 1767)

KR08249

 Photo © Barry Dickerson
Flame Carpet
 Photo © Barry Dickerson
 pre-2000
 2000-2009
 2010-2019
 2020-onwards
Whitelye, Gwent
Whitelye, Gwent
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths


General Information

This species has a grey forewing with a narrow, reddish-brown and black striped central cross-band. This band has a double-toothed trailing edge on the outer edge of the wing. The amount of black and pinkish-red is quite variable.

 

Pupates in loose soil.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 11-14mm.
Foodplant(s): Wallflower (Erysimum cheiri), cabbages (Brassica spp.)
Flying: Two generations, May-June and late July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Grassland, moorland, low-lying woodland and hedgerows.

Regional Information

Recorded in 36 (13.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 26 April to 26 September



Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Smooth
Colours:
Black, brown, green, yellow
No. of Proleg Pairs:
2