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PICTURE: Seen flying by day on the disused railway line in Stafford, May 1988.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a local, but wide spread resident over much of England and Wales. Its range extends into north eat Scotland, where it is scarce. A few records have come from Ireland, in counties Sligo and Kerry, but there are no recent ones. Adult moths have a wingspan of 19mm to 22mm.

 

WING SPAN: 19mm to 22mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

         

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species is single brooded, and is on the wing in May and June. These moths are very active flying in the sunshine, visiting the blooms of various meadow plants.

LARVAL PERIOD: This caterpillar can be found in June and July, feeding on the seed pods of Common Mouse-ear. Pupation takes place in July and early August, and the adult moths emerge in the following year.

 

HABITAT: They inhabit flowery meadows, down land, sea cliffs, grassy embankments etc.

 

FOOD PLANT/S:  The seed pods of Common Mouse-ear.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: None.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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