One of our classic autumn moths – the red-green carpet
It flies between September and November and it caterpillars feed mainly on oak leaves – a common species
This autumn moth the Merveille du Jour is one of my favourites. Its name derives from the French meaning Wonder of the Day.
The adult moth flies in September and October and often feeds on ivy flowers and fallen fruit.
Its distinct colours and patterning enable it to lie hidden during the day on lichen covered trees.
The caterpillars feed in the spring on newly emerged oak tree flowers.
This is a Nationally Scarce A species of moth which means it lives in less than 100 ten kilometre squares in the UK. I have trapped the male of the species several times before but have never seen a female – I have two in the trap the other night.
The female has four spots on her wings (one is hidden under a wing)
Here is a close up
Here is the male for comparison – no spots!
A couple of striking moths in the trap this morning
This is a Four-spotted Footman – it is a male, the females have the spots. It is a rare moth, designated as a Nationally Notable A, it is reasonably well distributed in the south west and I record it in my garden most years. Its larvae feed on lichens.
This pretty moth is Black Arches – a local species residing in the south of the UK. Its caterpillars feed on oaks.