|A Smiley Moth! aka Agapeta hamana|
So, here are the facts:
- The Moth has a 15mm-24mm wingspan and can be seen from June to August often flying from Dusk.
- This is strange as we found ours at about 3:30 pm probably because they are easily disturbed in daytime.
|It was patient while I photographed it....|
- In Norfolk they have been seen to range from mid April all the way to mid October. The larvae are seen in July.
- They are most common in Southern England but they have been seen as far as just North of Aberdeen.
- They are found in Meadows, Gardens, waste ground and Parks where they eat thistles as adults and the roots of these as larvae.
- There were 107 records in 1990 but then they had a decline to 1999 where there were just 47 records. There numbers have since risen and last year there were 376 records in Norfolk!
|..well for a little while, then it moved and I had to follow it|
- Their name is Agapeta Hamana but their common name is Common Yellow Conch. Their even commoner name is the 'Smiley Moth'.
- They are found all around Europe apart from Scilly, Iceland, Belarus, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece and a couple of others in Southern Europe as well.
- I found several common names including Hook Marked Straw Moth and Common Yellow Conch.
Here are some links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,