Yellow-tail Euproctis similis

Erebidae » Lymantriinae

Yellow-tail Euproctis similis

72.013 (BF2030) Yellow-tail Euproctis similis (Fuessly, 1775)

Forewing length 16-23mm. I guess this moth speaks for itself. A beautiful white coloured moth where the male of the species has greyish spots towards the base of the forewings. The female is larger with unfeathered antennae, but the most distinguishing feature of both sexes is the bright yellowish tail of the abdomen.

Yellow-tail Euproctis similis

The adult flies July to August and is attracted to light. Seen in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread in southern Britain, local elsewhere. The hairy larva feeds on a wide range of broadleaved trees and shrubs.

Yellow-tail Euproctis similis

© Pete Hillman July 2011.

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The Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix

Erebidae » Scoliopteryginae

The Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix

72.001 (BF2469) The Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix (Linnaeus, 1758)

Forewing length 19-23 mm. Quite a stunning reddish moth which is one of the first to be seen heralding in the spring and one of the last to be seen in autumn. The adult hibernates over winter in barns and outbuildings, and other sheltered locations such as caves. It is well camouflaged amongst dead leaf litter.

The Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix

The adult flies March to November. Found in gardens, parkland, woodland and other places where the food plants grows. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on willows, Aspen, and other poplars.

© Pete Hillman May 2011.

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.

Scarce Footman Eilema complana

Erebidae » Arctiinae

Scarce Footman Eilema complana

Scarce Footman Eilema complana (Linnaeus, 1758) 72.046 BF2047

Wingspan 28-35 mm. Forewing length 15-18mm. The Scarce Footman is distinguished from the similar Common Footman (Eilema lurideola) by the way it folds its wings close to its body when at rest.  Also note how the pale yellow stripe along the leading edge of the forewing reaches the leading edge without diminishing.

Scarce Footman Eilema complana

The adult flies July and August, and come to light. It is found in a wide variety of habitats, but especially heathland and moorland. Common and widespread in southern and eastern England, less so elsewhere. The larva mainly feeds on lichens.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

The Snout Hypena proboscidalis

Erebidae » Hypeninae

The Snout Hypena proboscidalis

The Snout Hypena proboscidalis (Linnaeus, 1758) 72.003 BF2477

Wingspan 25-38mm. Forewing length 15-19mm. Quite a distinctive moth with slightly hooked forewings and very long upturned palps.

The Snout Hypena proboscidalis

The adult flies June to August, and there is a second generation in the south August to October. Found in a wide range of habitats including woodland, hedgerows and gardens. It is often attracted to light. A resident species, it is common and fairly well-distributed throughout the British Isles. The larva feeds on Common Nettle.

The Snout Hypena proboscidalis

© Pete Hillman May 2011

Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Erebidae » Arctiinae

Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

This is a small reddish moth which can vary from pinkish to pinkish-brown with one or two dark central dots on the forewings. The hindwings are bright pinkish-red with greyish markings. Wingspan 28 to 38mm.

Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

The adult flies in two generations, April to June and July to September. It flies during the day or night and is attracted to light. Found in various open habitats, including open woodland, moorland, heathland, and gardens. Widespread and locally common throughout. The larvae feeds on various herbaceous plants.

Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

© Pete Hillman August 2017.