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Moths of the month: April 2008

This is a new monthly series illustrating several characteristic moths to look out for in our area. Text and photos by Roy Leverton.

See also the article from Jane Bowman on the Rannoch Brindled Beauty, Lycia lapponaria.

You can also view the other months by selecting the links at the bottom of this page.

   
Early Thorn, Selenia dentaria (photo by Roy Leverton)

Early Thorn
Selenia dentaria

Most habitats, April into May.

Unmistakeable because of its butterfly-like resting position, mimicking an old dead leaf.

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Water Carpet, Lampropteryx suffumata (photo by Roy Leverton)

Water Carpet
Lampropteryx suffumata

Damp woodland edges, mid-April into May.

The early flight date and chocolate brown coloration distinguish it from other 'carpets'.

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Engrailed, Ectropis bistortata (photo by Roy Leverton)

Engrailed
Ectropis bistortata

Deciduous woodland, April into May.

Despite intricate camouflage, it can sometimes be found on tree trunks; also comes to lighted windows.

Click on the image to enlarge it.


Pine Beauty, Paniolis flammea (photo by Roy Leverton)

Pine Beauty
Paniolis flammea

Pine woodland, late March into May.

Though not a problem in native pinewoods, this attractive species can devastate in commercial forestry plantations.

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Kentish Glory, Endromis versicolora (photo by Roy Leverton)

Kentish Glory
Endromis versicolora

Young birch woodland, late March into May.

Despite its name, this spectacular moth is now confined to Scotland.

Open glades in Culbin Forest (near Forres in Moray) is the best place to see it, on sunny days.

To find out more about Culbin Forest and how to get there, visit the Forestry Commission website.

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2008: April | May | June | July | August | September

2009: April | May | June | July | August | September

2010: April | May | June | July | August | September

2011: April | May | June | July | August | September

2012: April | May | June | July | August | September

2013: April | May | June | July | August | September

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