70.048 (1723) Red Carpet Xanthorhoe decoloraria decoloraria (Esper, [1806])

Status
Resident. Local.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
First recorded by Somerville (1858) who listed it as occurring near Moffat (VC72) whilst on a visit there in August of that year. Gordon (1919) found it not uncommon on walls on the moors and also met with it occasionally by beating the trees around Corsemalzie, Wigtownshire. Earliest date was 28th June 1896.
 
Russell (1944) while staying at Gatehouse of Fleet during 1942-43 found it locally.
 
Mennock Pass, Lowther Hill, Carrifran Valley, Corserigg Hill (VC72), Bennan and Merrick area (VC73) are sites where it has been found recently. No records for VC74, since the Gordon brothers recorded it prior to 1919.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as a small larva, during August to May, with pupation in a cocoon which hasbeen formed in plant debris.
 
Larval foodplants
Larvae feed on Lady's Mantle and probably other herbaceous plants.
 
Identification
It is very similar to Flame Carpet but that species has two projections on the outer edge of the cross-band as opposed to one on Red Carpet.
 
Habitat
Red Carpet is found on upland heaths and grassland with rocky outcrops. Records are few probably due to the habitat and lack of recording there.
© Keith Naylor, Corserig Hill, Kelloholm, September 2010

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