Moths

I read recently that some people think that ALL moths eat clothes….this is absolutely NOT the case – only one small moth does that - so you have nothing to fear that the moths in your house will eat your favourite outfit!!

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In May, the nights are warming up; you will still be able to see the Quakers I mentioned last month, the Hebrew Character and also the Red Chestnut (left) which is a glorious rich auburn red colour though some have a purplish tinge, all dusted with pale grey, they like broadleaf woodlands and also garden and open country.

You might see one of these, a Water Carpet, (right) which have emerged from their pupae: There are quite a few moths called Carpets [I don’t know why!!] and they all settle in this shape, which looks like a delta-winged plane. They can be disturbed from foliage in the day and are delicate erratic flyers about 15 mm across. The Water Carpet likes the bedstraw plants and damp woodland habitat as well as scrub, woodland, hedgerows & moorland - so no doubt there are some near the River Holme.

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This is the Double-striped Pug (left) - the Pug family also have a distinctive shape when at rest with narrow wings spread out sideways. They are still in the macro moth category but are quite small – about 10 mm across from wingtip to wingtip. This one flies mainly before dusk. It likes a variety of plants, which includes buddleia, roses and ragwort. It has a wide range of habitats – parks & gardens as well as roadside verges, woodland and moorland.

I can’t of course miss out the aptly named May Highflyer (right), on the wing between May & early July. It is 13 – 16 mm and it likes damp woodland, carr and the banks of watercourses so no doubt there are some along our river.

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