|Clouded Border Moth (Lomaspilis marginata)|
So, here are the facts:
- They aren't actually that common living mostly in East Anglia but they are common in a diagonal strip across the UK from the South-West to Central East. They are found a bit in Ireland.
|I'd disturbed it and it sat nicely on this holly for me|
- They fly most commonly between May and July at night. They can be disturbed in the day, like what happened with this one.
- There is some controversy between how big their wingspan is but I will say that they can be up to 38mm.
- They are mainly White with some black markings on the top of their fore-wings and around the rest of their wings.
- In the photos that I saw and one website told me that the black colours on the Moth vary lots. I saw one that looked Brown!
- On top of that there are some rare variations, completely Black or White individuals can be seen, even rarer completely Brown ones as well as an extremely rare diluta form where the black colours are replaced with a yellow or gold colour!
- The larval food-plants are mainly Willow, Sallow and Hazel but they have also been seen on Birch and Poplar.
Askham Bog has great plants too like this Royal Fern
- Europes largest fern
- They spend the winter as a pupa and apparently can spend up to four winters in this state.
- The main habitats to see these moths are heaths, bogs and damp woodlands.
Hope you enjoyed,