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Moths of the month: June 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.

   
Speckled Yellow, Pseudopanthera macularia (photo by Roy Leverton)

Speckled Yellow
Pseudopanthera macularia

Late May to early July.

Rides and glades with wood sage.

This pretty diurnal moth is unmistakable, though it is local and mainly western in distribution.

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Peppered Moth, Biston betularia (photo by Roy Leverton)

Peppered Moth
Biston betularia

Late May to July.

Woodland, gardens, towns.

Because of its industrial melanic form, more has been written on this species than any other. However our Highland ones are always pale.

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Poplar Hawk-moth, Laothoe populi (photo by Roy Leverton)

Poplar Hawk-moth
Laothoe populi

Late May to July.

Occurs anywhere with poplar and sallow.

The commonest hawk-moth and our largest resident species, always a favourite at moth-trapping events.

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Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Hemaris tityus (photo by Roy Leverton)

Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
Hemaris tityus

Mid-May through June.

Look for it on marshes and grassland with devil's-bit scabious.

After a long term decline, this diurnal bee mimic is increasing again in the Highlands, but is easily overlooked.

This is a target species for National Moth Night 2008 (offsite link), which takes place on Sauturday 7th June.

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Grey Dagger, Acronycta psi (photo by Roy Leverton)

Grey Dagger
Acronycta psi

June and July.

Woodland, gardens, towns.

Aptly named from its colour and markings, this common noctuid can sometimes be found on fences and tree trunks.

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2009: May | June | July | August | September

2010: May | June | July | August | September

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