Barred Sallow Moth – Tiliacea aurago – Fulbourn Fen

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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)

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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

Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina- Moth (Caterpillar) River Cam

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Wingspan 35-55 mm.

A distinctive moth when at rest, though well camouflaged, it has long labial palps and tufts on the tail segment, creating an elongated appearance.

Occurring throughout much of Britain, it is most common in the south.

It flies in May and June, and in the south, again in August.

The larval foodplants are poplar (Populus), and sallow (Salix)… UK Moths

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This is UK Moths photo but shows you what the moth looks like

Yellow-tail moth – Euproctis similis (Kinver Edge)

Wingspan 28-35 mm.

Fairly common in England and Wales, it is local in Scotland and Ireland.

The female is larger than the male, and has a large tuft of yellow hairs at the tip of her abdomen, which is used to cover the newly-laid eggs.

It flies in July and August, occupying a number of habitats.

The caterpillars, in common with many of the Lymantriidae, are covered with irritating hairs and should only be handled with extreme care. They feed on a number of deciduous trees and shrubs…Uk Moths

Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa (Coton NR)

Wingspan 45-50 mm.

A highly distinctive and unusual moth, which rests with the wings folded longitudinally, looking very much like a withered autumn leaf.

The adults generally fly between May and October, in at least two generations, but can be found in any month The species is also a common migrant and can occur in large numbers at coastal locations.

It occurs throughout Britain, commonly in places, and more so in the south.

The larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants.

Willow Beauty moth – Peribatodes rhomboidaria (Garden)

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Wingspan 30-38 mm.

Commonly distributed throughout Britain to southern Scotland, but more local further north.

Typical forms are brownish with darker streaks and markings, but there is also a greyish form, f. perfumaria, as well as an almost black melanic variant.

The moths fly in July and August, sometimes again in September in the south.

Occupying any suitable habitat, the larval foodplants are a number of deciduous trees including hawthorn (Crataegus) and ivy (Hedera).

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Red Underwing Catocala nupta (lode walk)

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There were 3 of these Red Underwings  flying around a tree and this one resting on a wall. I wish I could have got a photo of one with its wings open but you will see one if you click on the link below.

Wingspan 65-75 mm.

One of the larger British moths, this species is quite common in the southern half of Britain, and is gradually increasing its range northwards.

It flies in August and September, and comes freely to both light and sugar.

The larva feeds on willow (Salix) and poplar (Populus)….UK Moths 

hummingbird hawkmoth, Macroglossum stellatarum. (Lode Walk)

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One of the most remarkable cases of mistaken identity in the animal world in the British Isles involves a large but unassuming moth.

Every year many people are taken back as they see in their garden what appears at first sight to be a hummingbird hovering at the flowers. A careful check on the size and a closer look unmasks this imposter as a hummingbird hawkmoth, Macroglossum stellatarum.

The hummingbird hawkmoth is a day-flying moth with a wingspan about two inches (50-58mm). It has a brown, white-spotted abdomen, brown forewings and orange hindwings. It is very swift on the wing and an expert hoverer. The wings beat so rapidly that they produce an audible hum and can be seen only as a haze. The darting movement from one flower to the next with the long proboscis uncoiled completes the illusion of a hummingbird. Another day-flying moth, the Silver Y, is often confused with the hummingbird hawkmoth, but is smaller and darker.

The hummingbird hawkmoth is abundant and resident all around Mediterranean countries, and across Central Asia to Japan. Its migratory habits are well documented, with many thousands regularly migrating northward in Europe in the spring. There is also evidence of a return migration in the autumn.

In the British Isles they can be seen somewhere every year, and have been recorded in every county as far north as the Orkney and Shetland Islands. The numbers that reach our shores can vary greatly between years. The main season runs from June to September, with smaller numbers recorded throughout the rest of the year.

Hummingbird hawk moth breeds regularly in the UK, and larvae have been found in most years in July and August. The favourite food plant is Galium (bedstraw) and Rubia (wild madder). The larva grows up to 60mm in length. It is very colourful with green or reddish brown body with white dots and dark, white and yellow stripes, black spiracles and a blue yellow-tipped horn.

The late summer peak in numbers is largely the result of emergence of locally raised moths. Even though the moths successfully breed in the UK, they are not able to survive the winter (in mild winters, small numbers may overwinter). Therefore, the continuing presence of this remarkable moth is dependent on the annual influx from southern France.

The hummingbird hawkmoth prefers to fly in bright sunlight, but it will also take to wing in dull weather, at dusk or dawn, and sometimes even at night. It is very strongly attracted to flowers that provide a plentiful supply of nectar, such as red valerian, honeysuckle, jasmine, Buddleia, lilac, Escallonia, petunia and phlox. It hovers in front of a flower, probes it repeatedly for nectar and then darts to the next flower. It has a remarkably good memory individuals return to the same flowerbeds every day at about the same time.

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Ive posted information and photos before but its a great insect