Garden Tiger moth Caterpillar (Arctia caja) *St Davids, Wales*

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Wingspan 45-65 mm.

Another species which was a favourite with early collectors, who selectively bred it to create unusual colours and forms.

Once a quite common moth in most of Britain, it seems to have declined in many places in the last few years.

It flies in July and August, and will regularly visit the light-trap.

The caterpillars are the ‘woolly bears’ of many people’s childhood, and feed on a number of herbaceous plants.

To see the beautiful moth it turns into see UK Moths 

The Drinker moth Caterpillar( Euthrix potatoria) *St Davids, Wales*

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Wingspan 45-65 mm.

This species gets its English (and Latin) name from the habits of the caterpillar, which is supposed to have a liking for drops of dew.

The yellowish females are slightly larger than the orange-brown male, but both sexes usually show the two distinctive white spots on the forewing.

Flying at night, in July and August, the males especially are attracted to light.

Grasses and reeds form the bulk of the foodplants, and the species is fairly common in the southern half of Britain.

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To see the adult see here UK Moths

Dark Green Fritillary caterpillar (Argynnis aglaja) *St Davids, Wales*

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The Dark Green Fritillary is the most widespread fritillary found in the British Isles and is a pleasure to see as it flies powerfully over its grassland habitats, frequently stopping to nectar on Thistles and Knapweed. It gets its name from the green hue found on the underside of the hindwings, which are peppered with large silver spots. This butterfly can be found throughout the British Isles, although it is less common in central and eastern England. Outside of central Scotland and southern England, it is most frequently found in coastal areas and is the only fritillary found in Orkney and the Outer Hebrides. Despite its powerful flight, it is somewhat surprising that this species is not particularly mobile, staying within its breeding grounds.

Copper Underwing Moth Caterpillar

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Distributed fairly commonly over the southern half of Britain, perhaps less northerly than the very similar Svensson’s Copper Underwing (A. berbera svenssoni). However, the relative distributions of each species are still not fully known, as the differences between them are becoming clearer.

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There are a number of subtle ways to help distinguish the two species, but one recently quoted feature is the detail of the labial palps when viewed head-on. Svensson’s has dark palps with pale tips, whereas Copper Underwing’s palps are pale throughout.

The adults fly from August to October and visit both sugar and light.

The larvae feed on a range of trees and shrubs, mainly oak (Quercus).

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Double Square-spot, Xestia triangulum moth caterpillar

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The Noctuidae or owlet moths are a family of robustly built moths that includes more than 35,000 known species out of possibly 100,000 total, in more than 4,200 genera. They constitute the largest family in the Lepidoptera.

Frequenting mainly wooded habitats, this species occurs fairly commonly throughout the British Isles.

The single generation flies in June and July and visits light and sugar, as well as certain flowers.

The polyphagous caterpillars hibernate when quite small and feed in spring on various trees and shrubs.

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This is not my photo below but from UK moths to show you what the adult moth looks like

 

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