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PICTURE: Caught during the morning, Farsley, Pudsey, June 2013.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is well distributed, and usually common throughout England and Wales. It is scarcer in Scotland and can be found as far north as Aberdeenshire. In Ireland it is widely distributed and quite common near the coast.

 

WING SPAN: 12mm to 15mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

FLIGHT PERIOD: These moths are on the wing from late April through to June, and fly during the day, usually in the morning sunlight.

LARVAL PERIOD: Larvae can be found from June, or July through to Between January to April of the following year.

HABITAT: They inhabit ancient woodland hedges and old hedgerows, heaths and some suburban gardens.

FOOD PLANT/S: They feed on fairly dry rotted and decayed wood.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: This is a fairly distinctive looking species, easily identified by the sulphur coloured, or lemon yellow diamond shape marking where the fore wings meet.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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