Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata
Adult • Wicken Fen, Cambs. • © Shane Farrell

70.208 BF1888
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 20-25 mm.

Both the English and Latin names refer to the 'scorched' appearance of this species, though this is more obvious on the underside, which is suffused with reddish-brown.

Reasonably common in the south of England and Wales, its range extends to parts of northern England where it is scarce.

It is mainly double-brooded, flying in May and June, and later in August.

The larvae feed on spindle (Euonymus europaeus).
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