Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella

Pyralidae » Phycitinae

Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella

62.029 BF1452 Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 24-29mm. Forewing length 11-14mm. An attractively earthy coloured moth with shades of red, brown, black and grey, and distinctive markings.

Dotted Oak Knot-horn Phycita roborella

The adult flies in one brood during July and August, and it readily comes to light. It is found in oak woodland, hedgerows, scrub and gardens. Common and widespread in England and Wales, more local in the north. The larva feeds on the leaves of oak, spinning them together to form a silken retreat.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

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Ash-bark Knot-horn Euzophera pinguis

Pyralidae » Phycitinae

Ash-bark Knot-horn Euzophera pinguis

62.048 BF1470 Ash-bark Knot-horn Euzophera pinguis (Haworth, 1811)

Wingspan 23-28 mm. Forewing length 11-13mm. Quite an unmistakable moth with distinctive zig-zag markings.

Ash-bark Knot-horn Euzophera pinguis

The adult flies July and August, and are readily attracted to light. Found in woodland and hedgerows. Local, and found mainly in the south of Britain. The larva feeds on Ash beneath the bark.

Ash-bark Knot-horn Euzophera pinguis

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella

Pyralidae » Phycitinae

Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella

62.035 BF1439 Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella (Zincken, 1818)

Wingspan 18-24 mm. Forewing length of 9 to 10mm.This is a small Pyralid moth with earthen colours and distinctive markings.

Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella

The adult flies June to September, and can be seen in areas where Hawthorn has been left uncut. Fairly common and widespread. The larva feeds on Hawthorn

Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella

Grey Knot-horn Acrobasis advenella

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Ermine Knot-horn Phycitodes binaevella

Pyralidae » Phycitinae

Phycitodes binaevella

This is the largest of the three British species of Phycitodes, and probably the easiest to identify with its strong markings, especially the series of dark dots on the forewings. Forewing length 10 to 13mm.

Phycitodes binaevella

The adult flies July to August, and can be found in various habitats. Common but more local in the north. The larva feeds on Spear Thistle.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Heather Knot-horn Pempelia palumbella

Pyralidae » Phycitinae

Pempelia palumbella

I really like the colours and patterns on this moth. It kind of reminds me of Inca art and design. Yet this pattern and colouration can vary. Forewing length 11 to 13mm (0.4 to 0.6in).

Pempelia palumbella

The adults fly July to August, and are seen mainly on heathland, so is quite an interesting one to have visit the garden. Local, and not seen in Scotland. The larva feeds on low plants like heathers.

Pempelia palumbella

© Pete Hillman July 2017.