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70.053 (BF1722)

Flame Carpet   

Xanthorhoe designata
Adult: 1
Resident, very common, widespread. Widespread in Britain.


The rosy-red, brown and black cross-band on a grey forewing is diagnostic.

Life cycle

Two generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae present June to mid-July and again September.

Larval foodplants

Unknown in the wild.


A wide variety, including upland grassland and moorland, lowland woodland and hedgerows.

History 1860-2010

Somerville of Glasgow (1858) under C. propugnaria had found it on a visit near Moffat (VC72) in August, 1858. However, Lennon (1863) makes no mention of it near Dumfries in his wanderings. In his obituary it is stated he used to walk 20 miles a day in search of insects right up until his seventies, whereafter he slowed down.

Gordon (1919) stated it was common at light at Corsemalzie (VC74) and was also to be found when dusking. The first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found near Gatehouse-of-Fleet during 1942-43 by Archibald Russell who was stationed there.

Since the Rothamsted stations were used from the mid 1970s and with the advent of portable moth-trapping it had been found to be common and widespread, with a protracted season from mid-April to mid-September.

2615 record(s) from 68 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2022 2022 2022
70.053 Flame Carpet
70.053 Flame Carpet
70.053 Flame Carpet
70.053 Flame Carpet70.053 Flame Carpet70.053 Flame Carpet

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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