Subject: What’s this moth?
Location: Berkshire, UK
January 8, 2014 4:29 am
A friend found this in his greenhouse (in Berkshire, UK) just before Christmas. If not for the striped legs, I’d have been thinking pine-tree lappet or similar. Can anyone help?
Signature: Clive Richards
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Identified by Helen Argent on the UK Moth site: The Herald (Scoliopteryx libatrix)
Many thanks, anyway
Thanks for providing us with this identification of The Herald. Your request was on our back burner. According to UK Moths: “Quite a spectacular species, this colourful moth overwinters as an adult, and as a result, can be one of the last species to be seen in one year, and one of the first in the next. It is also sometimes found hibernating inside barns and outbuildings. The adults are attracted to both light and sugar, and the species is fairly common and well distributed over much of Britain, though it is less common in Scotland. The larvae feed on willow (Salix) and poplar (Populus).”