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PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden in Farsley, West Yorkshire, July 2015.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is widely distributed throughout Britain as far north as Moray, in Scotland. In Ireland it is only recorded from County Wick-low, and It is not recorded in the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.

 

WING SPAN: 14mm to 16mmm.                          STATUS: Resident.

FLIGHT PERIOD: This single brooded moth is on the wing from late May, until early August. It is attracted to light.

LARVAL PERIOD: Larvae can be found from late summer, until the autumn of the same year in the stem of the food plant. In winter it hibernates in the roots, and in spring mines the lower leaves of the plant which is where it also pupates.

HABITAT: This moth is usually found in damp situations, such as ditches, river banks etc. But it is also occasionally found in drier habitats

FOOD PLANT/S: Caterpillars feed on various parts of Great Willowherb, and possibly other species of Willowherb.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: There are other similar micro species.

       
               
             
               
             
 

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