|Flameshoulder Moth (Ochropleura plecta)|
Today's particular one is called the Flame Shoulder Moth. It's a beautiful moth and I can't wait to cover it.
So, here are the facts:
- They are very common around all of the UK and are more widespread than some other moth species I have covered
- Saying this, they are found less commonly in Scotland. Weirdly, they aren't found less in the West.
|A bugs eye view :-)|
- One last on distribution they are one of the first moths that are recorded in Northern Ireland that I have covered.
- As for habitats they usually live in woodland edges, gardens and meadowland.
- They have a 25mm - 30mm wingspan which is actually quite a medium sized moth for the United Kingdom.
- There are 2 generations, the first flying in May and June and the second flying in August and September.
- Adults visit various flowers for nectar especially Ragwort.
|They may be common but they are beautiful!|
- The caterpillars are nocturnal, they are found at night, and they live on plants like Dock and plantain
- The larvae feed up through late summer into autumn and over winter as a pupa
- The name refers to the flame-like straw coloured sides that the Moth has on its wings.
Here is a link to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,