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Moths of the month: July 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.

   
Drinker, Euthrix potatoria (photo by Roy Leverton)

Drinker
Euthrix potatoria

July.

Damp, grassy habitats, especially western.

The adult is far less often seen than its familiar caterpillar.

Nor does it eat or drink at all.

Click on the image to enlarge it.


Large Emerald, Geometra papilionaria (photo by Roy Leverton)

Large Emerald
Geometra papilionaria

July to early August.

Birch woodland.

A beautiful emerald green when fresh, this spectacular moth occasionally flies by day but more often comes to light.

Click on the image to enlarge it.


Scalloped Oak, Crocallis elinguaria (photo by Roy Leverton)

Scalloped Oak
Crocallis elinguaria

July into August.

Woodlands, gardens.

The bold and simple patterns make this moth easy to recognise.

Click on the image to enlarge it.


Garden Tiger, Arctia caja (photo by Roy Leverton)

Garden Tiger
Arctia caja

Late June into August.

Open habitats including gardens.

The largest of the tiger moths, still common with us but increasingly scarce in England.

Click on the image to enlarge it.


Tru Lover's Knot, Lycophotia porphyria (photo by Roy Leverton)

True Lover's Knot
Lycophotia porphyria

Late June into August.

Moorland.

This abundant species is well-camouflaged in its heathery habitat. It sometimes flies by day.

Click on the image to enlarge it.

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