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PICTURE: Netted by torchlight at Woodhall Lake, West Yorkshire, July 2011.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is widespread and fairly common throughout England, Wales and Ireland, with the exception of the far north of England. In northern England  and southern Scotland the species is very local and not common.

 

WING SPAN: 30 to 35mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: June and July                LARVAL PERIOD: August to October.

 

HABITAT: This moth can be found in a variety of bushy places, including open woodland, heathland, commons, hedgerows, waste ground etc, where the food plants grow.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: The caterpillars feed on the dried and withered leaves of Beech, Oak, Raspberry, Bramble and probably other tree's and shrubs. The dried withered leaves on which they feed, can still be attached to the plant, or have dropped onto the ground,

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: The other members of the Fan-foot family are very similar.

 

           
               
             
               
             
 

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