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.

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Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea

Noctuidae » Amphipyrinae

Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea

Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea  (Linnaeus, 1758) 73.062 BF2297

A very distinctive moth with a copper coloured hindwing. Very similar to Svensson’s Copper Underwing (Amphipyra berbera), and even experts find it hard to tell them apart. Wingspan 40 to 52mm.

Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea

The adult flies July to August, and are found in woodland, scrub, hedgerows and parks and gardens. Common and fairly well distributed in southern regions. The larva feeds on various trees and shrubs, mainly oak.

Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea

Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea

© Pete Hillman July 2017.