|Iron Prominent - (Notodonta dromedarius)|
So, today's will be on the Iron Prominent Moth and here are the facts:
- They have a wingspan of 35mm to 45mm, modest for some Prominent moths which can be up to 65mm!
- In most parts of the United Kingdom there are two broods of this Moth. That is, everywhere apart from in the North of England and Scotland.
|View from above|
- They are seen everywhere, but like a lot of moths I cover, they are most common in England and Wales, and less common in Ireland Scotland.
- Now, the two broods that I am talking about, the first brood is seen flying from May to June and apparently the other brood is seen from June to July.
- The caterpillar, in common with a lot of the other Prominent Moths, has several humps on its back.
- Adding a bit more to the caterpillar, from my research it seems it sometimes has the same colouring as the adult moth and sometimes is quite green but with bits of brown.
|And a bugs eye view :-)|
- Now, these colours are Brown, Red and an Irony colour. I am guessing this is where they get their name from.
- The larvae, or caterpillar in the Moth's case, feeds primarily on Oak, Birch and Alder trees, Mostly on Birch.
- They are seen mostly in Broad-Leaved Woodland, Heathlands, River Banks and sometimes they visit people's gardens.
Here are a few links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,