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Moths of the month: May 2008

This is a monthly series illustrating several characteristic moths to look out for in our area. Text and photos by Roy Leverton.

You can also view the other months by selecting the links at the bottom of this page.

   
The Streamer, Anticlea derivata (photo by Roy Leverton)

The Streamer
Anticlea derivata

May (sometimes late April).

Road verges, hedgerows; sometimes seen at lighted windows.

Wild rose is the only foodplant of this delicately tinted moth.

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Brimstone Moth, Opisthograptis luteolata (photo by Roy Leverton)

Brimstone Moth
Opisthograptis luteolata

May into July.

Woodlands, gardens.

This bright yellow moth can be seen flying at dusk near hawthorn and rowan.

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Scalloped Hazel, Odontopera bidentata (photo by Roy Leverton)

Scalloped Hazel
Odontopera bidentata

May and June.

Woodlands, gardens.

Recognised by its scalloped shape and hazel colouring.

The caterpillar feeds on almost any tree or shrub.

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Common Heath, Ematurga atomaria (photo by Roy Leverton)

Common Heath
Ematurga atomaria

May and June, moorland.

Found on any heather moor, flying in the sunshine.

The male has very feathery antennae.

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Puss Moth, Cerura vinula (photo by Roy Leverton)

Puss Moth
Cerura vinula

May and June, most habitats.

Less often seen than its caterpillar, this large, fluffy moth is sometimes found at rest on sallows and aspen.

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2010: May | June | July | August | September

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2012: May | June | July | August | September

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2017: May | June

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