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PICTURE: Caught by torch light, Woodhall Lake, West Yorkshire, March 2012.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a fairly common resident to Britain, and is found in deciduous woodland. It is present in most of England Wales, Scotland and Ireland, except the extreme north west, Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland. Females are almost wingless, and do not fly, but have been known to glide.

WING SPAN: 19mm to 29mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

FLIGHT PERIOD: These moths are single brooded and are on the wing from March through into May. They fly at night and are attracted to light, sometimes they can be found on tree trunks during the day.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid on the tip of a shoot of various deciduous tree's and shrubs. The caterpillars can be found feeding between spun leaves, and uses many different tree's and shrubs as food plants. Pupation takes place in late summer to early autumn within soil or in piles of detritus.

HABITAT: They seem to have a preference for predominately Oak woodland, except in Scotland where they inhabit mainly Birch woodland.

FOOD PLANT/S: Food plants are many different tree's and shrubs.                                         

SIMILAR SPECIES: A few micro, and some pyralidae moths have a similar appearance.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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