|Gold Spot Moth (Plusia festucae)|
A total of 13 of today moth species were caught in the four traps and it was one of the most eye catching. The spots you can see in the photo really were like spots of gold. If I hadn't given it away already I'm talking of course about he Gold Spot Moth!
So, what did I find out when I researched them:
- They are a reasonably large moth with a wingspan of 34-46mm
|It has a wonderful tuft on its head|
- You can find them in most areas of the UK.
- It likes damp habitats and it favourite places to live are fens, water meadows and river banks.
- The adults are found generally at night between May and September.
- In the south there may be two generations a year but there is only one.
- Its scientific name is Plusia festucae which translates as a rich eater of fescue grass.
- This isn't its only diet though the larvae will eat a range of plants found in the damp habitats they like.
- It is a really colourful moth but it's underwings are quite plain. I didn't get a photo of that though as this one didn't want to move of this stick.
|View from above.|
Hope you enjoyed,