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Common Heath

Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

A day flying species not confined to heathland but it is far more frequent where there is heather as that is the preferred food plant for the larvae.


 

 

  • Ematurga atomaria: the common heath moth

    Post date: Monday, 20 February, 2017 - 21:22

    Although called the common heath (Ematurga atomaria) this species is not confined to heathland but it is far more frequent where there is heather as that is the preferred food plant for the larvae. 

    Flying in May and June, with a second brood in August here in the south, the common heath can be seen quite frequently on the Dorset heaths as it flies and is active on dry sunny days rather than being a night time species.

    It overwinters as a pupa.


     

Common Name Common Heath
Scientific Name Ematurga atomaria
Species Group Moths 085 387 Geometerids
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