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  • Brimstone Moth

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    Opisthograptis luteolata: the brimstone moth

    Post date: Wednesday, 8 March, 2017 - 21:18

    I am sure everyone is familiar with the lovely yellow brimstone butterfly but, being nocturnal, you may never have encountered the brimstone moth (Opisthograptis luteolata). You can sometimes flush it from shrubbery whilst gardening or walking by hedgerows. This is one of our most common species of moth and it has three broods a year in the south of England whereas up north it tends to have only one brood in mid-summer. 
     
    It has no real preference for food plant for its larvae and they can be found on many types of shrub and flowering fruit trees, perhaps favouring blackthorn and hawthorn. This wide ranging diet means that they can be found frequently in gardens and in hedgerows from April right through until October. 

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