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Moths of the month: August 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.

   
Dark Marbled Carpet, Chloroclysta citrata (photo by Roy Leverton)

Dark Marbled Carpet
Chloroclysta citrata

On the wing from the end of July to September.

Found in woods and on moors.

Despite its name, our Highland ones are often paler and more numerous than its sister species, Common Marbled Carpet.

Some of its forms are exquisite.

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Barred Yellow, Cidaria fulvata (photo by Roy Leverton)

Barred Yellow
Cidaria fulvata

On the wing from late July to August.

Found in hedgerows, gardens.

The caterpillar of this pretty species feeds on rose, mainly briars, but sometimes cultivars too.

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Large Yellow Underwing, Noctua pronuba (photo by Roy Leverton)

Large Yellow Underwing
Noctua pronuba

Flies mid-June to September.

May be found on wasteland, farmland and in gardens.

Often hugely abundant in August, it often enters houses through open windows on warm nights.

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Grey Chi, Antitype chi (photo by Roy Leverton)

Grey Chi
Antitype chi

Flies in August and September.

May be found on moorlands and in open habitats.

Named for the black chi symbol on its forewing, this noctuid rests openly on rocks and walls.

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Silver Y, Autographa gamma (photo by Roy Leverton)

Silver Y
Autographa gamma

May be found most months.

Can occur anywhere and everywhere, by day or night.

The commonest of our migrant moths, in August its numbers are swelled by the progeny from earlier immigrants.

Radar tracking has recently shown that these migrate back south on favourable high-level winds.

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