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PICTURE: Disturbed from grass by day at the LWT Donna Nook, East Lincolnshire, September 2009.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is a fairly common migrant to many parts of the British Isles. They can be very common some years, and mainly inhabit heaths and open  coastal area's. Wing markings can be quite variable, or almost absent, but the long narrow fore wings is usually a recognizable feature.

 

WING SPAN: 26mm to 32mm.                             STATUS: Migrant and possibly a transitory resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: These migrant moths can be seen in almost any month of the year, but are mostly observed between March and early October. Some years they can have up to three broods in the U.K., and can in some years be one of the most common moths around the coast. They are easily disturbed by day, and at night they will come to light.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: They can move backwards and forwards with ease, and at great speed, and are extremely lively when disturbed. Larvae pupate in tough cocoons attached to grass stems, or stones. There doesn't at this time appear to be any pictures or texts describing the appearance of this larva.

 

HABITAT: Grassy places usually around the south and east coasts.

FOOD PLANT/S: The caterpillars feed mainly on Clover, but also feed on Knotgrass and wild grasses.

SIMILAR SPECIES: Nomophila Nearctica and other potential migrants.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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