November Moth Epirrita dilutata

Geometridae » Larentiinae

Wingspan 38-44mm. Forewing length 15-20mm.

November Moth Epirrita dilutata

70.107 (BF1795) November Moth Epirrita dilutata ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

There are four species of Epirrita found in Britain, and all are very similar and variable within themselves, meaning positive identification can normally only be made via genitalia examination. Therefore, these images are only representative of the species.

November Moth Epirrita dilutata

The adult flies from September to November, and it can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including broadleaved woodland and gardens. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a variety of trees and shrubs.

November Moth Epirrita dilutata

© Pete Hillman October 2017.

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Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae

Noctuidae » Psaphidinae

Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae ab capucina

73.068 (BF2245) Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 35-45mm. Forewing length 17-20mm.

The photographs featured here are of the melanic form ab. capucina which is commonly found in suburban areas and has less green than the typical form.

Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae ab capucina

The adult flies September to November, and is found in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Fairly common and widespread. The larva feeds on various trees and shrubs, including hawthorns and Blackthorn.

Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae ab capucina

© Pete Hillman October 2017.

Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri

73.206 (BF2240) Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri (Boursin, 1957)

Wingspan 39-44mm. Forewing length 17-20mm.

Quite a narrow winged, greyish-brownish moth with dark streaks and a flushed pinkish-brown kidney marking.

Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri

The adult flies September and November, and is very much attracted to light sources. Found in parks and gardens where the larva foodplant cypress is growing. This is a fairly recent colonist. It was first discovered on the Isle of Wight in 1951, and has spread northwards fairly quickly.

Blair's Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri

© Pete Hillman October 2017.

 

Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago

Noctuidae » Xyleninae

Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago

73.180 (BF2272) Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 27-32mm. Forewing length 14-16mm.

An attractive moth with autumnal colours and a very diagnostic yellow or yellow-orange central band.

Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago

The adult flies September to November, and is attracted to light. Found in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread in the south and south-east, more local elsewhere, and scarce in Scotland. The larva feeds on Beech and Field Maple.

Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago

© Pete Hillman October 2017.

Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

Noctuidae » Noctuinae

Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

73.359 (BF2126) Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 35-42mm. Forewing length 14-19mm.

A very distinctive species with characteristic forewing markings.

Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

The adult flies in two broods, May to June, and August to September. Only one generation in the north in July and August. Found in a wide variety of habitats, including woodland and gardens. Resident and suspected immigrant, common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a variety of herbaceous plants.

Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum

© Pete Hillman October 2017.

Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea

Erebidae » Arctiinae

Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum

72.019 (BF2061) Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum (Hufnagel, 1766)

Wingspan 28-40mm. Forewing length 17-22mm.

A rather attractive pale buff coloured species with a variable number and size of dark blotches on the forewings.

Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum

The adult flies May to July, and is attracted to light sources. Found in most habitats, including woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. A resident species, common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on a wide range of herbaceous and woody plants.

© Pete Hillman July 2013.

 

Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula

Erebidae » Boletobiinae

Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula

72.069 (BF2473) Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 23-27mm. Forewing length 13-15mm.

This moth has strongly hooked rusty-brown wingtips. It has a greyish-brown forewing ground colour, often with a pinkish-lilac hue. It has distinctive cross-lines, with the lower one following through on the hindwing

The adult flies late June to early August, and it is attracted to light. Found in woodland, parkland and orchards. A resident species, widespread but local in the south of England and Wales. The larva feeds on lichens growing on deciduous and coniferous trees.

© Pete Hillman July 2013.