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Moth  Herald Moth

Herald Moth - Photo  Copyright 2001 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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A great way to see all the details on these insects and other small creatures is with a special magnifier box - click here

Latin name: Scoliopteryx libatrix

Size: Has a wingspan of approximately 40mms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Woodlands, and gardens.

Food: Nectar. The caterpillars feed on poplar and willow leaves.

Special features: The herald moths' bright orange forewings are always on view to its predators, so in an effort to conceal itself from predators during the daytime it rests among dead leaves. It is one of the few noctuid moths that spends the winter in the moth stage, hibernating in out buildings and caves.

Click for a closer viewHerald moths are often found around gardens and houses, where they can easily blend in with the background.


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