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.

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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.