|Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella)|
Today I'm looking at the Rush Veneer moth. So what did I find out with my research:
- Their shape when at rest is normally a bit more elongated than in my pictures, it looks long and narrow which makes it easy to identify.
- They are quite a small moth, are called a micro moth on some sites I saw, and have a wingspan of 26-32mm.
- You can see the size of it on the hazel leaf I have it on in the photo. For such a small moth it flies a long way - this one I was told was probably from Spain.
- They are found from Northern Africa to Northern Europe and in the UK can sometimes be found in large numbers on the coast.
- They are most common in the South of England which I see from their perspective as they've already had a long way to fly!
- Where we were at Nosterfield is quite a long way from the coast and from what I could find there aren't many sightings of them in Yorkshire but they do get quite far inland.
- They are found flying from May to September but I don't know when they hatch or migrate.
- I did find that the larvae are green, a dirty green according to one site, and like to feed on grasses, clover and other herbs.
- And apparently they do this from inside a silk lined tunnel.
Well that was about all I could find, there isn't as much information about them as some moths but try these sites form more pictures:
Hope you enjoyed,