Xanthorhoe spadicearia - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth

GEOMETRIDAE

Larentiinae

Las Descargues, 20 July 2010
Xanthorhoe spadicearia Adult

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© Matthew Gandy

Xanthorhoe spadicearia ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Red Twin-spot Carpet
L'Oxydée

Wingspan: 21-23mm

A bivoltine species on the wing from April to September when it is a frequent visitor to lights at Las Descargues and most other sites. A species of fallow land, grasslands and hedgerows.

Larvae feed on a variety of low growing plants before overwintering as pupae in a cocoon beneath the foodplant in loose plant detritus.

 

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