Moths

April is the month when you can see more species of moths appearing in their flying forms than earlier in the year. The nights are getting warmer. Some have spent the winter as eggs, some as larvae [caterpillars], some as pupae and some actually hibernate as adults [the flying form called an imago].

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Of the larger moths called macromoths, Quakers are very common in Yorkshire in March and April. You may find the Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Powdered Quaker and Twin-Spotted Quaker. All of them on first sight may look like ‘boring brown’moths but if you get the chance to look at one under a hand lens, the detail on the wings is amazing. They nearly all like a woodland habitat.

The Early Thorn also likes woodland and flies in March and April. Its resting position with the wings held up over the back and pressed together is very different to most moths and makes it appear more like a butterfly

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The Hebrew Character [so named because of the dark mark on its forewing that you can see in the picture] flies in April – early June in Yorkshire. It likes a wide range of trees and shrubs as well as herbaceous plants.

Watch out for more moths in May's post

If you want to see pictures of many more moths that are flying locally this month, visit:

http://www.yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk/On The Wing/Titlepage.htm

http://www.yorkshiremoths.info/portal/p/Flying+tonight

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