Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Day 232 - Amazingly Patterned Agapeta Hamana

A Smiley Moth! aka Agapeta hamana
Hey everyone, well its day 232 and I have another great discovery from my ramble around the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Stavely Nature Reserve on Sunday. I was walking through the woodland there and it was really nice to see this little creature. It fluttered about a bit before it settled but what a lovely bright smiley little chap it was, it really caught my eye, and then when it landed it was lovely to see it smiling back at me. Now, I had a bit of a hard time identifying it as my searches on yellow moths didn't show this one up so I'm very grateful to @JillWarwick for the help with identifying it. I haven't found a common name for this moth so I don't know if today you will have guessed that I'm talking about 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,


1 comment:

  1. Awww, I love that smiley face pattern on the wings! - Tasha