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Buff Arches

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Peter Orchard

A fairly common nocturnal species in wooded and scrubby areas.



  • Habrosyne pyritoides: the buff arches moth

    Post date: Saturday, 4 February, 2017 - 20:57

    Most moths tend to be fury or covered in find scales so it is unusual to find one with a smooth, polished finish! The china doll surface of this attractive moth is quite unique to the buff arches (Habrosyne pyritoides). 

    A nocturnal species that flies from the Middle of June until the end of August, possibly in to September down here in Dorset where it is thought it can have two broods a year. The food plant of the larvae is bramble and as bramble is widespread and common so too is this moth. It favour open woody and scrub habitats and gardens near these habitats will often also be home to them. The larvae overwinter as a pupae, safe from cold weather.

    Some people think moths are dull, boring creatures. If that is you then think again and take a look at this stunning little insect.


Common Name Buff Arches
Scientific Name Habrosyne pyritoides
Species Group Moths 069 084 Hooktips and lutestrings
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