Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

Notodontidae » Dicranurinae

Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

71.009 (BF1999) Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 45-60mm. Forewing length 24-33mm.

Now this rather unusual moth looks like it could be a furry pet. A large distinctive moth which rests with its hindwings protruding beyond the edge of the forewings.

Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

The adult flies  May to July. It is attracted to light. Found in mature woodland. Widespread and common in the south of Britain. The larva feeds on birch, beech, oak and various other trees. The moth gets its name from the larva which looks like a crustacean.

Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

© Pete Hillman June 2013.

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Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula

Notodontidae » Notodontinae

Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula

71.017 (BF2007) Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula (Clerck, 1759)

Wingspan 45-55mm. Forewing length. 22-28mm.

A very attractive species and similar to the Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma).

Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula

The adult flies May and July, and is found in woodland, parks and gardens. Common and widespread throughout. The larva feeds on poplar and sallow.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius

Notodontidae » Notodontinae

Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius

71.012 BF2000 Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius (Linnaeus, 1767)

Wingspan 35-40mm. Forewing length 18-24mm. A very distinctive moth with a greyish-brown ground colour and rusty and ochreous coloured markings. Specimens from furher north may appear much darker with fewer markings.

Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius

The adult flies in two broods in central and southern Britain in May and June, and then in August. One brood in the north in June and July. Found in broadleaved woodland and gardens. Resident, common and widespread. The larva feeds mainly on birch, but also other trees like Hazel or oaks.

Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Notodontidae » Notodontinae

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

A very distinctive moth, very slender and well camouflaged to look like a fragment of wood. Note the large upturned palps at the front, and the twin tufted tail of the male. Forewing length 18 to 25mm.

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

The adult flies from My to August in two generations, and can be seen in various habitats, including woodland and gardens. Fairly frequent throughout southern Britain, less so further north. The larva feeds on poplar and sallows.

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Notodontidae » Phalerinae

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Around 2:30 this morning I discovered this large moth resting on my shed. It is a master of disguise, for it can look like a broken Silver Birch twig. When at rest it holds its wings almost vertically against its body. Wingspan 42 to 55mm.

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

The adult flies June and July, and is mainly seen in mixed woodland. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on various broadleaved trees including birches and sallows.

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

© Pete Hillman July 2017.