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 Moth Gallery

 Something for everyone to look out for

Pale Brindled Beauty
Phigalia pilosaria

This early flying species prefers wooded areas but can be found almost anywhere. It is attracted to house lights so can be found on windows or walls under lights. It will fly even on cooler nights so worth looking out for.
Pale Brindled Beauty
Photo by Colin Smith

 Macro of the week

March Moth
Alsophila aescularia

A common species everywhere in the county. The female is wingless but the males are very active. The caterpillars feed on a wide variety of trees including Hawthorn and Oak
March Moth
Photo by Derek Fox

 Micro of the week


Tortricodes alternella

This common species is the earliest micro to emerge being on the wing from mid February. It feeds on a wide variety of trees and shrubs even some garden species.
Tortricodes alternella
Photo by Colin Smith

 Something to watch out for

Small Brindled Beauty
Apocheima hispidaria

Although an Oak feeder this species is quite local. It is on the wing in late February and March and is easily separated from the Pale Brindled Beauty by the lighter band along the wing edge,
Small Brindled Beauty
Photo by Derek Fox

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