Offwell Moth Group
June Meeting 2004

Meeting held on the night of the 18th June 2004
At the Log Cabin, The Woodland Education Centre, Offwell, Devon, SW England
2 Skinner Traps, 1Actinic, from 22:00 to 02:00 hrs

Weather: Mixed, cloudy, some occasional light drizzle. Minimum temp 110C

Recorders: Neil Croton, Barbara Corker, Alan Crofts, Brian Sutton

Species List

The species list is organised according to the moth caterpillar food plants.

Description of plants in the trapping vicinity here.

Summary Here

Broadleaved Trees

Common Name Latin Name Number Foodplants
Brindled White-spot Parectropis similaria

1

Oaks, Hazel, hawthorns, birches.
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata

8

Aspen, poplars, sallows and willows.
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata

2

Goat Willow, Grey Willow, other sallows, Aspen and poplars.
Coronet Craniophora ligustri

1

Ash, Wild Privet, Alder and Hazel.
Green Silver-lines Pseudoips prasinana

1

Usually oaks, birch or Beech.
Grey Dagger Acronicta psi

1

Feeds on a wide range of broadleaved trees including Hawthorn, birch and Rowan.

Grey Dagger adult

Grey Dagger caterpillar
Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius

1

Birches and Alder, sometimes Hazel and oaks.
Pale Tussock Moth Calliteara pudibunda

8

Many broadleaved trees,including Hawthorn, Blackthorn, oak and birch. Also Hop.
Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac

1

Sallows, willows, Aspen and poplars
Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria

5

Mainly oak, birch and sallows. The adult sits with the tip of its abdomen raised in the air. At rest, there is a resemblance to the winged seeds of a Sycamore tree.

Scorched Wing

Winged Sycamore seed.

Sharp-angled Peacock Macaria alternata

3

Sallows, willows, Blackthorn, Alder and Sea Buckthorn.
Small Seraphim Pterapherapteryx sexalata

2

Sallows and White Willow.
Waved Carpet Hydrelia sylvata

2

Alder, birches, sallows and Sweet Chestnut.
TOTALS 13 species

36

Conifers

Common Name Latin Name Number Foodplants
Tawny-barred Angle Macaria liturata

5

A range of conifers including Scots PIne, Norway Spruce and Western Hemlock.
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica

1

Many conifers, mainly Norway and Sitka Spruces, Western Hemlock. Also Scots Pine, Douglas Fir, Red-cedar and occasionally Lawson's Cypress.
TOTALS 2 species

6

Low Woody Plants / Shrubs

Common Name Latin Name Number Notes
Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides

3

Bramble and Dewberry, possibly also Raspberry.
True Lover's Knot Lycophotia porphyrea

1

Heather, Bell Heather and possibly Cross-leaved Heath.
TOTALS 2 species

4

Herbaceous Plants

Common Name Latin Name Number Foodplants
None Aethes cnicana

1

A micromoth whose larvae eat the seeds of thistles.
Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina

2

Foodplants include Common Nettle, Hedge Woundwort, Wood Avens, Common Ragwort and Honeysuckle.
Beautiful Golden Y Beautiful Golden Y (Autographa pulchrina)
Blood-vein Timandra comae

2

Docks, Common Orache, Common Sorrel, Knotgrass and possibly other related plants.
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis

1

The larval foodplant s are mainly Common Nettle, but also include other herbs such as Marjoram, Spear Thistle and Lesser Burdock
Cinnabar Moth Tyria jacobaeae

5

The caterpillar feeds mainly on Common Ragwort. It is also found on other ragworts and Common Groundsel.
Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor

3

Willowherbs and bedstraws. Also Enchanter's-nightshade, fuchsias and Himalayan Balsam.
Flame Axylia putris

5

A wide range,including Common Nettle, White Dead-nettle, Hedge Bedstraw and Hound's-tongue.
Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata pulchellata

1

Foxglove flowers, particularly the stamens.
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria

1

Various bedstraws.
Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis

6

Wild and cultivated herbaceous plants, including Ribwort Plantain and Fat-hen.
Plain Golden Y Autographa jota

2

Herbaceous plants,including Common Nettle, White and Red Dead-nettles and also Hogweed and Honeysuckle.
Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata

1

Bedstraws, including Hedge Bedstraw and Heath Bedstraw.
Riband Wave Idaea aversata

1

Low herbs such as Wood Avens, Primrose, bedstraws, dandelions and docks.
Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata montanata

1

Include Cleavers, Hedge Bedstraw and Primrose.
Small Magpie Eurrhypara hortulata

1

A micromoth. The caterpillars feed on Stinging Nettles and other plants belonging to the Family Labiateae.
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda

8

The caterpillers eat a wide range of herbaceous plants, including Common Nettle and docks.
None Udea olivalis

15

A micromoth. The caterpillars feed on a variety of herbaceous plants.
TOTALS 17 species

56

Grasses

Common Name Latin Name Number Foodplants
None Chrysoteuchia culmella 1 A micromoth common in grass.The caterpillars feed on the stems of various different types of grasses.
Delicate Mythimna vitellina 1 Immigrants may lay eggs and produce an autumn generation of adults. The caterpillars feed on a range of grasses including Cock's Foot and Annual Meadow Grass.
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis

6

The caterpillars feed on grasses such as Purple Moor Grass. The species is characteristic of wetter grasslands.
TOTALS 3 species 8

Polyphagous
(eating a wide range of woodly and other plants)

Common Name Latin Name Number Foodplants
Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum

18

Many herbaceaous and woody plants including Common Nettle, Honeysuckle, birch, Hop.
Common Marbled Carpet Chloroclysta truncata

2

Mainly woody species such as sallow, birches, Bilberry, Bramble, heathers, privet and Hawthorn, but also docks.
Green Arches Anaplectoides prasina

1

Herbaceous and woody plants, including Primrose, docks, Honeysuckle, Bramble and Bilberry.
Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica mendica

6

Herbaceous plants including Primrose and violets. Also Bramble, heathers, Bilberry, sallows, hawthorns, Hazel and Blackthorn.
Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata repandata

11

Many woody plants including Hawthorn, oak, Juniper, Norway Spruce, Heather, Bramble and Honeysuckle, as well as herbs such as docks.
Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina

2

Mainly woody plants, including oaks, hawthorns, Apple, sallows, Aspen, Barberry and Honeysuckle.
Small Angle Shades Euplexia lucipara

2

Particularly frequent on Bracken, Male Fern and other ferns. Also found on Ivy buds, Foxglove, willowherbs, nettles, mallows, currants, birches, sallows and oaks.
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria

5

The caterpillars eat a wide range of broadleaved trees, shrubs and climbers, as well as conifers such as Yew, Scots Pine and Norway Spruce.
TOTALS 8 species

47

Miscellaneous

Common Name Latin Name Number Foodplants
None Agapeta hamana

1

A micromoth. The larva feeds in the roots of thistles.
Bee Moth Aphomia sociella

1

A micromoth. The caterpillars feed on the comb inside bee and wasp nests.
Brussels Lace Cleorodes lichenaria

1

Lichens on woody plants, sometimes lichens on rocks and walls.
TOTALS 3 species

3

 

 

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