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  71.012 IRON PROMINENT (Notodonta dromedarius) Linnaeus  

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PICTURE: Caught at light, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, May 2009.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a widespread, and often common resident throughout the British Isles. Specimens from northern England and Scotland tend to be darker in appearance (slate grey), and not so well marked.

 

WING SPAN: 42 to 50mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

FLIGHT PERIOD: Adult moths are on the wing from May and June, in northern Britain and are single brooded. In the south there is a second generation in August. Both sexes will come to light and sugar.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in May or August, and caterpillars can be found in June and July and again in August and September in the south. Pupation takes place underground, before winter sets in.

HABITAT: Habitats for this species include, gardens, parks, hedgerows, heaths, commons, disused railways, roadside verges and many other area's where tree's suitable for the caterpillars grow.

FOOD PLANT/S: The food plants are Birch, Alder, Hazel and Oak, In Europe it also feeds on Sallow.

SIMILAR SPECIES: None.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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