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PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden in Farsley, Pudsey, August 2015.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: Moths of this species are not to common, but are widely distributed residents in England, Wales and Ireland. It is localised in south west Scotland.

 

WING SPAN: 17 to 22mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species is single brooded and is on the wing from late June until early August. It is comes to light, and occasionally to sugar, and flies from dusk onwards.

LARVAL PERIOD: Caterpillars feed from August until May of the following year, on the leaves and foliage of the food plants. Pupation takes place in a flimsy cocoon on the ground in June, and moths can emerge in the same month.

HABITAT: Habitats are damp wood land, marshes, ditches, dykes and other damp places where the food plants grow. Occasionally it is found in dryer habitats such as waste ground.

FOOD PLANT/S: Food plants are Cow Parsley, Burnet Saxifrage, Bedstraw, Knotgrass, Bur Chervil and probably some other low growing plants.

SIMILAR SPECIES: None.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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