There are a limited number of moth species that fly in March and April, lack of food plants and cold nights being the obvious reasons why. As a result the moth trap at this time of year tends to yield the same species each night. As well as the very common Hebrew character moth the common Quaker (Orthosa stabilis) is also frequently found in early spring.
Photograph by:Peter Orchard
A nocturnal species that us common in March and April.
Orthosa stabilis: the common quakerPost date: Thursday, 10 November, 2016 - 21:03At first sight these are small, plain, brown moths with not much to distinguish them but, as so often in nature, a close up look shows this to not really be the case. The common Quaker is not, I agree, a stunner, but it does have intricate markings which set it apart from other species.This a widespread and common species that feeds mainly on sallow which is in full bloom in March and April. It lays its eggs on oak, sallow and other similar trees and the larvae hatch in May. They then pupate which is how they spend the winter ready to hatch early in the new spring.
|Common Name||Common Quaker|
|Scientific Name||Orthosa stabilis|
|Species Group||Moths 516 899 Noctuidae|
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