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Saturday, September 22, 2007

PLUME MOTH


I got up early this morning and found this Plume Moth (Emmelina monodactyla) resting on the internal kitchen wall. Only the outer third of its wings are divided into plumes, but you'll need a magnifying glass to see that I expect, they look solid at a glance!

This is a very common moth in the UK, it can be found all year round (but dormant in winter), loves hedgerows, and its favourite foodplant is Bindweed. Not surprising then that I've found one - we are constantly cutting back the rampant Bindweed in the back garden.

You'll have seen this moth I'm sure, although their defence strategy relies on NOT being seen - their wings are rolled up at rest, so that to passing predators they resemble a bit of dried grass.

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