|Campion Moth (Sideridis rivularis)|
So, here are a few facts that I found:
- They are relatively common and quite widespread, most common down South, they get less frequent the further up the UK you go. They are frequent in Ireland too.
|A bugs eye view|
- These lovely marked moths have a wingspan of between 27mm - 30mm. Quite small in comparison to others I have done.
- They are mainly seen flying in May or June but in some areas there is a second generation in August and September.
- On a German site that I found it said that there are sometimes even 3 generations in the lowlands (I presume of central Europe).
- They lay eggs on the flowers and flower buds. The young caterpillars feed on the developing seeds
- The caterpillars feed mainly in the seed capsules of various Campion plants, I wonder where they get their name from?
- Once they get bigger, they will also eat the leaves of Campion plants. I don't actually think I have come across a name and reason like that yet.
|Its wonderful markings make good camouflage|
- They are found mainly where the larval foodplant is found. Red Campion is quite widely distributed so you might find them in a lot of different places.
- I couldn't find much detail about the population level about this moth apart from that it is 'common' it may be facing reduction in low land areas due to intense agricultures.
Here are a few links to some more information:
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