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    • Charanyca trigrammica: the treble lines

      Post date: Friday, 3 June, 2016 - 20:55

      Giving moths English names is a fairly recent phenomenon compared to birds and flowers, many of which have had names for as long as human beings have been naming things, which is a mighty long time! As a result, the origin of moth names is not lost in distant history and quite often describes the moth itself. If you look at the moth in this photo I am sure you will agree that the most prominent feature is the three lines that run across the wings. What is it called? The treble lines moth (Charanyca trigrammica). 

      The treble Lines is widespread and common over much of England and Wales inhabiting open woodlands, downland, commons, rough pasture and hedgerows. Flying from Mid May until early July it will be a frequent find in the moth trap for a few weeks in mid-summer.

      The larvae, as you might expect from such a diverse species, can be found on a wide range of low, ground cover plants. It over winters as a larvae which is uncommon, most pupate to avoid the worst of winter.      


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