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PICTURE: Caught at light in my garden in Farsley, Pudsey, August 2015.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is widely distributed in England, Wales, Ireland, and the southern half of Scotland. In some parts of its range it is fairly common.

 

WING SPAN: 64mm to 74mm.                                   STATUS: Resident.

FLIGHT PERIOD: This species is single brooded and is on the wing in July and August. They are attracted to sugar, but seldom come to light. By day the roost in houses, sheds, barns etc, often in communal groups.

LARVAL PERIOD: Eggs are laid in late summer and hatch in September. The caterpillars hibernate while still fairly small and feed up in the following spring.

HABITAT: Habitats are gardens, parks, marshy ground, river banks, waste ground and some other areas where their food plants found.

FOOD PLANT/S:  Food plants for this species are various trees and shrubs including, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Birch, Sallow and Elm.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: There are no other similar British species, is moth is quite unique in its colour and appearance

           
               
             
               
             
 

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