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73.045 THE KNOTGRASS (Acronicta rumicis) Linnaeus.

 

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PICTURE: Found on Knotgrass in the garden at Stone Road, Stafford, August 1986.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This moth is widespread and fairly common in England, Wales and Ireland. In Scotland it is widespread and reasonably scarce.

 

WING SPAN: 34 to 44mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: May to early July.          .         LARVAL PERIOD: July through to September.

 

HABITAT: Woodland fringes, heathland, commons, waste ground, over grown gardens and waste ground, and other open area's where the food plants grow.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: a wide variety of low growing plants and shrubs, including Dock, Sorrel, Knotgrass, Redshank, Bramble, Thistles, Hop, Sallow and Hawthorn.

                                            

SIMILAR SPECIES: There are other members of this family which have a similar appearance.

 

 

           
               
             
               
             
 

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