Flies from dusk into the night when it is attracted to light.

Flight Season

Flies from June and July, and again in August and September in two generations.

Size and Family

  • Family – Erebidae
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 18-22mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Relatively common

Caterpillar Food Plants

Caterpillars feed on various grasses

Habitat

Damp meadows and woodland

The Small Chocolate-tip occasionally flies in the daytime and can be found across a large part of Britain.

Flight Season

Flies between May and August in one or two generations.

Size and Family

  • Family – Notodontidae
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 22-27mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local

Caterpillar Food Plants

Caterpillars feed on eared willow (Salix aurata), creeping willow (Salix repens), and similar trees.

A large-winged, sombre-coloured moth, the adults are not readily attracted to light but are frequent at sugar.

Flight Season

Flies from July to August in one generation.

Size and Family

  • Family – Noctuidae
  • Large Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 55-65mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local

Caterpillar Food Plants

Caterpillars feed on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) and other trees and shrubs.

The Mullein is more often found in the caterpillar stage than as an adult but can be seen when attracted to light.

Flight Season

Flies from April to May in one generation.

Size and Family

  • Family – Noctuidae
  • Medium Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 45-50mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Caterpillar Food Plants

Caterpillars in the wild feed on species of mullein (Verbascum) and in gardens, on Buddleia.

The males have long, whitish antennae, the females shorter, both sexes having bronzy or metallic greenish forewings. The moths fly in the daytime, sometimes occurring in swarms.

The caterpillar lives in a portable case.

Flight Season

Flies from May to June in one generation.

Size and Family

  • Family – Adelidae
  • Small Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 14-18mm

Conservation status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Common

Caterpillar Food Plants

Caterpillars feed on leaf-litter.

The English population has two generations, with adults at large in April and May, and again in August and September. In Scotland the species is single-brooded, flying from June to July.

Size and Family

  • Family –
  • Medium Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 27-35mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not listed
  • Local

Caterpillar Food Plants

The caterpillars feed on poplar (Populus), especially aspen (P. tremula) as well as sallow (Salix).

Habitat

Woodland

Ymylon carpiog ei adenydd sy’n gwneud y glöyn byw oren a brown hwn yn wahaniaethadwy. Mae’r tu isaf yn frown â marc gwyn sy’n debyg i atalnod. 
Mae’r Fantell Garpiog yn rhywogaeth ddiddorol dros ben. Mae ymylon sgolpiog a chêl-liwiad yr adenydd yn cuddio’r oedolion sy’n treulio’r gaeaf ymhlith dail meirwon, tra bod y larfâu, â’u brychau brown a gwyn, yn edrych yn debyg iawn i faw adar.

A small sandy-brown moth with a rather pointed forewing, often fading to a lighter shade of brown.

Easily disturbed by day from grass swords, where it rests on the stems. Flies from late afternoon, at dusk and after dark. Comes to light, sometimes in large numbers. Overwinters as a part-grown caterpillar, on stems near the ground.

Flight Season

Flies from Mid-June to early August in one generation, usually ending by the third week of July.

This species has an annual life cycle. It flies by day in a spinning motion that can be difficult to follow. Adults are seen in May, June and into July, but has been recorded in late April, August and September. The caterpillar feeds from July until autumn on the leaves and flowers of the foodplant, goldenrod, inhabiting a slight silken web under the lower leaves.

An unmistakable and attractive moth whose English name comes from the heart-shaped markings in the central part of the forewings. The scientific names refer to the two circular markings next to the ‘heart’ on the forewings, Dicycla meaning ‘two-circle’, and oo literally meaning ‘double O’.

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