Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae

Noctuidae » Hadeninae

Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae

Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae (Linnaeus, 1761) 73.270 BF2155

Wingspan 37-40mm. Quite a distinctively dark coloured moth with white kidney markings.

Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae

The adult flies July to August, and is found in various habitats, including gardens. The larva feeds on a wide range of plants.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

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Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

Noctuidae » Noctuinae

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

73.343 BF2110 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata (Schreber, 1759)

Wingspan 45-55mm. Forewing length 22-27mm. This underwing is sexually dimorphic. The males are noticeably darker than the females.

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

The adult flies July to September, and is found in various habitats, including woodland and gardens. The larva feeds on various shrubs and plants.

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Common Footman Eilema lurideola

Erebidae » Arctiinae

Common Footman Eilema lurideola

Note how the wings of this moth fold flat over its body when at rest. The yellow marginal strip on the forewings tapers to a point at the tip. Forewing length 14 to 17mm.

Common Footman Eilema lurideola

The adult flies July to August and is attracted to light. Found in various habitats including woodland and gardens. The larva feeds on various lichens.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta

Autostichidae

Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta

Quite a lovely black and white patterned moth with a forewing length of 5.5-7.5mm. These images are only representative of the species as there are two other very similar species, Oegoconia deauratella and Oegoconia caradjai, which can only be readily identified by genital dissection. Out of the three it is less likely to be O. caradjai as this is seen further south and east of England.

Four-spotted Obscure Oegoconia quadripuncta

The adult flies July to August, and is found in a wide range of habitats including gardens. The larva feeds on leaf-litter.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi

Sphingidae » Smerinthinae

Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi

With a wingspan of 65 to 90mm  (almost 4 inches) this is one big moth. It has quite an odd way of positioning its wings and curving its abdomen when at rest, probably to camouflage itself amongst trees or shrubs during the day. It will flash its rufous hindwing spots if it feels threatened to ward off predators as can be seen in the image below.

Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi

The adult flies May to July, and is very much attracted to light. They can be seen in various habitats, including woodland, parks and gardens. One of Britain’s commonest hawkmoths and widespread. The larva feeds on poplar, aspen and sallow.

Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi

Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi

Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi

© Pete Hillman July 2017.