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  PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden in Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, June 2014.              
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a well distributed resident to the British Isles, it is not usually common excepting for the old English midlands slag heaps. This species is one of the more attractive moths of the noctuidae family.

 

WING SPAN: 36mm to 46mm.                                  STATUS: Resident.     

FLIGHT PERIOD: Although quite common, this moth is single brooded and can usually be seen from June to July. The moth can be seen by torch light on the flowers of nectar bearing flowers, it is also comes in small numbers to light, and regularly to sugar.

LARVAL PERIOD: Gothic larvae are around from late summer, and hibernate through the winter, pupating when fully grown in the late spring.

 

HABITAT: Habitats include, gardens, parks, waste ground, woodland fringes, hedgerows, ditches provided they are fairly damp and marshy.

 

FOOD PLANT/S: Food plants include Dock, Plantain, Chickweed, Cyclamen, Primrose, wild grasses, hawthorn, and sometimes deciduous tree's. I have found the larvae more commonly on Dock in the wild, and primrose in the garden.

                                            

SIMILAR SPECIES: The Feathered Gothic, and Bordered Gothic are similar.

       
               
             
               
             
 

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