Adela reaumurella- Green Long horn moth (Lode)

If you haven’t seen these flying , then try and look out for them , they put on quite a show.

Other Names
Green Long-horn
Wingspan 14-18 mm. The males have long, whitish antennae, the females shorter with both sexes having bronzy or metallic greenish forewings.
Habitats are open areas such as heath land, moor land, country gardens, parks and wherever the larval food plants are to be found.
When to see it
The moths fly in the daytime during May and June, sometimes occurring in swarms, and often around the tops of trees and bushes.
Life History
The caterpillar lives in a portable case and feeds on leaf-litter of Oak and Birch.
UK Status
A fairly common species in England, Wales and southern Scotland, more local in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common… Naturespot


Green Carpet Moth-Colostygia pectinataria(Roman road)

Wingspan 22-27 mm.

The bright green colour of this moth when freshly emerged soon fades to a yellowish-brown.

It inhabits a range of habitats, including heaths, mosses and woodland, and is generally common throughout most of Britain.

Like many of its congeners, the main foodplant is bedstraw (Galium).

The single generation flies from May to July…UK Moths

Common Heath Moth -Ematurga atomaria (Cavenham heath NR)


Common Heath Ematurga atomaria

Wingspan 22-30 mm.

Inhabiting heaths, moorland and open woodland, this rather variable species flies during the day, sometimes abundantly in sunshine.

It is common throughout Britain, and appears in May and June, sometimes again in August in the south.

The caterpillars, which are equally variable, feed on heather (Calluna), heath (Erica) and clovers (Trifolium spp)… UK Moths

Barred Sallow Moth – Tiliacea aurago – Fulbourn Fen



Wingspan 27-32 mm.

Mainly distributed in the south and south-east of England, it occurs locally as far north as northern England.

It inhabits wooded valleys, downland and southern heaths, and flies in September and October.

The larvae feed on beech (Fagus) or field maple (Acer campestre), at first on the buds and subsequently on the flowers and leaves…. UK Moths

Grey Dagger caterpillar -Acronicta psi (Garden)

Wingspan 30-40 mm.

The ‘daggers’ get their English names from the black dagger-like markings on the forewings.

This moth is almost impossible to tell by the markings alone from the Dark Dagger (A. tridens), and reference usually has to be made to the genitalia for confirmation. The caterpillars of the two species are quite different, however.

It flies between June and August and is common throughout England, Wales and Ireland, scarcer in Scotland.

The colourful larva is marked with red and yellow and has a tall ‘hump’ on the back, close to the head…. Uk Moths

Large Ranunculus – Polymixis flavicincta (St Davids)


Wingspan 40-50 mm.

A variable species, with the brightest individuals occurring in the south-east. Distributed mainly in southern England, it occurs in scattered locations northwards to parts of northern England, but with an eastern bias.

It is to be found in suburban habitats, wasteground and coastal cliffs, and flies in September and October, when it visits light.

A range of herbaceous plants are used by the larvae, including ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) and red valerian (Centranthus ruber). It can be a pest on garden plants… UK Moths

Broom Moth Caterpillar – Ceramica pisi (St Davids, Wales)

Wingspan 32-37 mm. A very variable species, with the ground colour varying between greyish brown to a dark chestnut colour, and the intensity of the markings varying too.

Inhabiting open woodland and heathland, it is quite common in most of Britain.

It flies between May and July, and is attracted to light.

The distinctive brown and yellow striped caterpillar feeds not only on broom (Cytisus scoparius), but also on bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) and other trees and plants… UK Moths