Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria

Geometridae » Sterrhinae

Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria

A very attractive moth with a rosy flush to its sandy coloured wings. Wingspan 18 – 25mm.

Maiden's Blush Cyclophora punctaria

The adult flies in two generations, which ranges from May through to September. Found in oak woodland, on which the larva feeds. Fairly common and widespread, and can be locally abundant in the ancient woodlands of central and southern England. More local into Scotland.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

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Riband Wave Idaea aversata

Geometridae » Sterrhinae

Riband Wave Idaea aversata

This species of moth comes in two different forms. The typical form has a dark band across all four wings as can be seen in the image above. Seen in equal numbers to the typical form is ab. remutata, which has finer cross-lines as can be seen in the image below. Wingspan 23 to 30mm.

Riband Wave Idaea aversata ab. remutata

The adult flies June to August, and is seen in various habitats, including woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on a range of low-growing herbaceous plants.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata

Geometridae » Sterrhinae

Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata

I must have disturbed this from its daytime hiding spot for I found it resting on foliage in full view. Although not as colourful as some of the other moths, I find the wings are quite finely patterned. Wingspan up to 20mm.

 

The adult flies in two generations in the south May to September, and one in the north. Common and widespread except in the far north, and can be found in woodland, parks and gardens. The larva feed on various herbaceous plants.

© Pete Hillman June 2017.