Thursday 23 April 2020

Carpet Corner

A busy night, or rather, morning, with about 90 moths in the trap, which was set by a scrubby area at one end of our garden. Nineteen species, but notable for several Carpets as below (hoping my ID is correct).

Water Carpet

Small Phoenix

Garden Carpet

Red/Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet

Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet
The second, fourth and fifth are all new to me.

Also yesterday, by a Cornus officinalis there was a small cloud of Adela reaumurella:

Adela reaumurella


  1. Impressive array of carpets Peter, and all posing nicely for the camera.

  2. Experts have pointed out that the above photo of a Red Twin-spot Carpet is probably the red form of a Dark-barrred Twin-spot Carpet.

  3. David, I'm not sure of the etiquette of commenting on my own post, but a search of this blog took me, today, to a couple of posts from, I think, 2014, comparing the two species. Interesting and well worth a read, although not entirely conclusive!

  4. David, there is a good description of the differences in "Waring and Townsend" involving both upper and underside of the moths.
    See also . Even so it will be difficult to be certain with some moths, in which case there is a "Red/Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet" which can be used for recording. Such specimen would have to be subjected to microscopic examination to separate them.


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