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Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Xanthorhoe fluctuata
  • Cambridge, 24 Aug 2002.
  • Subfamily: Larentiinae. BF: 1728
  • Larvae feed on various Cruciferae.
  • Adults frequently seen in seen by daylight, resting in shady places and often head down as here.
  • Does that white colouration resemble a moth the other way round and distract bird strikes away from the real head?
  • NBN Atlas


Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Camptogramma bilineata
  • Cambridge, 13 Jul 2002.
  • Subfamily: Larentiinae. BF: 1742
  • Colour varies from bright yellow to brown
  • Larvae feed on chickweed (Stellaria media), sorrel (Rumex) and other plants.
  • NBN Atlas


Winter Moth Operophtera brumata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Operophtera brumata
  • Cambridge, 21 Dec 2002.
  • Subfamily: Larentiinae. BF: 1799
  • Female is flightless with only the slightest of vestigial wings
  • This is a rather dark form; paler ones do not show the Y bands
  • Larvae feed on vaious deciduous trees; can be a pest on apples
  • NBN Atlas


Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata Stephens, 1831

Eupithecia abbreviata
  • Cambridge, 14 Apr 2002.
  • Subfamily: Larentiinae. BF: 1852
  • Larvae feed on oak and hawthorn.
  • NBN Atlas


Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Lomaspilis marginata
  • Cambridge, Paradise LNR TL446571, 19 Jul 2016.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. BF: 1887
  • A night-flying moth but can often be disturbed during the daylight.
  • The dark patterning is subject to considerable variation.
  • Larvae feed on sallow and poplars
  • Very widely distributed. NBN Atlas


Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Chiasmia clathrata
  • Cambridge, Barnwell East LNR TL479583, 14 Apr 2015.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. BF: 1894
  • A day-flying moth resembling a small butterfly
  • The larvae feed on lucerne (Medicago sativa) and clover (Trifolium spp.).
  • NBN Atlas


Peppered Moth Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Biston betularia
  • Cambridge (Adams Road sanctuary TL434586) 26 Jun 2012.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. BF: 1931
  • Generally cited as the classic model of industrial melanism, although the causality between pollution and melanism is still a subject of continued research.
  • There is considerable variation even between these two pale (morpha typica) individuals.
  • Larvae feed on many different plants.
  • NBN Atlas
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Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Peribatodes rhomboidaria
  • Cambridge, 10 Jul 2002.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. BF: 1937
  • Colouring varies from brownish as here through grey to almost black.
  • Larvae feed on various shrubs such as hawthorn and ivy.
  • NBN Atlas


Pale Oak Beauty Hypomecis punctinalis (Scopoli, 1763)

Hypomecis punctinalis
  • Cambridge (Adams Road sanctuary TL434586) 26 Jun 2012.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. BF: 1944
  • Favours woodlands, where the larvae feed on oak, birch and other trees.
  • NBN Atlas


Bordered White Bupalus piniaria (Linnaeus, 1758)

Bupalus piniaria
  • Cambridge (Adams Road sanctuary TL434586) 26 Jun 2012.
  • Subfamily: Ennominae. BF: 1954
  • Rests with wings erect.
  • Male (shown) has conspicuous combed antennae.
  • Larvae feed on pines, especially Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) and Corsican pine (P. nigra).
  • NBN Atlas


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