More summer moths

Since June, more and more varieties of moth are emerging from their pupae and flying, mostly at night, in order to breed. These are some you may see.

With a wingspan 65-90 mm, the Poplar Hawkmoth is probably the commonest of our hawk-moths. It has a strange attitude when at rest, with the hindwings held forward of the forewings, and the abdomen curved upwards at the rear. If disturbed it can flash the hindwings, which have a contrasting reddish patch, normally hidden. The adults are on the wing from May to July, when it is a frequent visitor to light. The larvae feed on poplar, aspen and sallow.

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Following up the last post on micro-moths, the Green Oak Tortrix, as the name suggests lives in oak trees. It flies between May and August from dusk onwards but may be seen resting on sunshine. The larvae can even strip a small oak tree of its leaves in summer.

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