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PICTURE: Caught at light, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, July 2014.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth was first recorded in Devon during 1908, and was probably an accidental import with plants from Australia. It has become quite common in some southern parts of England. In more recent years its range has expanded north to Lancashire, and Yorkshire.

 

WING SPAN: 13mm to 15mm.                         STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: This colourful moth is on the wing from May through until September, possibly in two overlapping broods. They fly mainly after dark, and are attracted to light.

LARVAL PERIOD: Caterpillars are to be found from June through to about October.

HABITAT: They inhabit most places where there are tree's and bushes.

FOOD PLANT/S: Caterpillars feed withered leaves and leaf litter.

                      

SIMILAR SPECIES: None that are very similar.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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