Old Lady Mormo maura

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

Old Lady Mormo maura

Old Lady Mormo maura (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.107 BF2300

You know when this one pays a visit because it is fairly large. It has a wingspan of 55 to 65mm. Not one of the brightest of moths, but it has an interesting pattern.

The adult flies July to September, and will come to light in small numbers. It can be seen in various habitats including woodland, hedgerows and gardens. The larva feeds on herbaceous plants in the autumn, and in spring it usually feeds on woody plants. A resident species which is local and widespread.

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

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Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe

Noctuidae » Noctuinae

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe

73.348 BF2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe (Borkhausen, 1792)

Wingspan 30-40mm. Forewing length 16-20mm. Quite an unmistakable yellow underwing.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe

The adult flies July to September and is often attracted to light. Seen in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread. the larva feeds on various herbaceous plants.

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis

Noctuidae » Amphipyrinae

Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis

Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis (Clerck, 1759) 73.064 BF2299

Quite a drab, brownish moth with three dark spots on the forewing. Wingspan 33 to 38mm. When disturbed it will scamper off like a mouse rather than fly.

Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis

The adult flies July to September, and can be seen in a variety of habitats including gardens. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feed on a range of herbaceous plants.

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa

Noctuidae » Noctuinae

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa

73.357 BF2134 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 32-35mm. Forewing length 14-17mm. Quite a variable moth in ground colour but with distinctive markings.

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa

The adult flies August and September, and is a sign autumn is approaching. Seen in various habitats including woodland margins and gardens. Common and widespread The larva feeds on grasses and low growing plants.

Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

September Thorn Ennomos erosaria

Geometridae » Ennominae

September Thorn Ennomos erosaria

Quite similar to other ‘Thorns’ but plainer and with less speckling. Wingspan 30 to 35mm.

The adult flies July to October, and can be seen in woodland, parks and gardens, and is often attracted to light. The larva very much resembles a small twig and feed on oaks, limes, beech and birches.

© Pete Hillman August 2017.

House Groundling Bryotropha domestica

Gelechiidae » Anomologinae

House Groundling Bryotropha domesticaHouse Groundling Bryotropha domestica

35.038 BF789 House Groundling Bryotropha domestica (Haworth, 1828)

Wingspan 12-13 mm. Forewing length 5 to 6.5mm. A finely speckled micro moth with several distinct black spots.

The adult flies May to September, and it can be seen in garden and parkland. Common in urban environments in England and Wales. The larva feeds on mosses growing on walls like Tortula muralis.

© Pete Hillman August 2017.