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PICTURE: Caught at light, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, July 2014.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is widespread and fairly common in England and Wales, with the exception of the far north of England where it is very localised. It is possibly a resident in southern Scotland, and although the species has been recorded in Ireland, these records are doubtful .

 

WING SPAN: 35mm to 43mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

 

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

 

HABITAT: Woodland, fenland, orchards, parks, gardens and other bushy places where the food plants grow.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: a wide variety of tree's and shrubs including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Sallow, wild Rose, Apple, Pear, Plum and probably other kinds of tree's. 

                                             

SIMILAR SPECIES: The Dark Dagger and Grey Dagger moths are virtually identical, and positive identification requires examination of the male genitalia. The caterpillars however are different, and easy to identify.

 

           
               
             
               
             
 

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