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6. Macromoths including Zygaenidae (Burnets) and Drepanidae (Hook-tips)

                                          




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Photo of Fox Moth by Graeme Davis

1637 Oak Eggar  Lasiocampa quercus

Flying :Mainly May to August    

Common


Female (about 18mm) is larger than Male (about 14mm). Varies in colour

Oak Eggar - female
Photo by David Owen

Five-spot Burnet and Narrow-Bordered Five-spot Burnet are species which often cannot be distinguished from photographs. Five-spot generally has shorter, more rounded wings than Narrow-bordered.

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1654 Figure of Eighty   Tethea ocularis

Flying :May, June, July

Common

1657 Common Lutestring   Ochropacha duplaris

Flying :Late May, June, July, August

Common

1659 Yellow Horned  Achlya flavicornis

Flying :Late February, March, April     Common

Identified by orange antennae - but often hides them (see close-up)

660 Frosted Green    Polyploca ridens

Flying :Mainly April          

Classified as ‘local’ but fairly common in Southern England and Wales

0014  Ghost Moth  Hepialus humuli

Male has white forewings, Female Orange

Flying :June, July, August          Common

Size very variable - Forewing about 25mm  

0015 Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina

Flying :August, September            Common

Size very variable - female often larger than male.

0017 Common Swift Hepialus lupulinus

Flying :May, June.        Common

Size very variable - Forewing about 15mm.

0161  Leopard Moth  Zeuzera pyrina

Flying :June, July, August

Common

0169  Six-spot Burnet    Zygaena filipendulae

Flying :June, July, August       Common

Six red spots on each forewing

0170  Five-spot Burnet    Zygaena trifolii

Flying :June, July, August

Common in South and South-east England only.

Five red spots on each forewing - middle pair may join together


Becoming uncommon away from Southern chalk downs

0171  Narrow-Bordered Five-spot Burnet    Zygaena lonicerae

Flying :June, July, August

Five red spots on each forewing

Most Five-spot Burnets are this species

0173 Festoon  Apoda limacodes

Flying :June, July

Status Nationally scarce but seems to be increasing in the South

0380  Red-tipped Clearwing synanthedon formicaeformis

Flying :June, July

Status Nationally scarce but probably under-recorded.

0374  Yellow legged clearwing  synanthedon vespiformis

Flying :June, July

Status Nationally scarce but probably under-recorded.

0371 Lunar Hornet Moth Sesia bembeciformis

Flying :July, August

Common

1631  December Moth   Poecilocampa populi

Flying :Mainly November, December

Common

1634 Lackey Moth  Malacosoma neustria

Flying :July, August    

Common


Female (about 18mm) is larger than Male (about 14mm). Varies in colour

1638 Fox Moth   Macrothylacia rubi

Flying :May, June         Common

Female (about 28mm) is larger than Male (about 23mm)

Female flies only at night; male mainly by day

1640 Drinker  Euthrix potatoria

Flying : June, July, August     Common

Female (about 30mm) is much larger than Male (about 23mm)

Male is also usually a rich brown colour whereas female is more yellow


1645 Scalloped Hook-tip  Falcaria lacertinaria

Flying :April, May, July, August (two generations)   Common

Varied in colour

Rests with wings curved into a tube

1643 Emperor  Saturnia pavonia

Flying :April, May.   Common

Female (about 38mm) is larger than Male (about 30mm), but Male is more brightly coloured.

1642 Lappet  Gastropacha quercifolia


Flying :June, July, August

Common in Southern England, the Midlands and East Anglia

1652 Peach Blossom  Thyatira batis

Flying :Mainly May, June, July

Common

1646 Oak Hook-tip   Watsonalla binaria

Flying :May, June, July, August, September (two generations).   Common

Varied in colour

1648 Pebble Hook-tip   Drepana falcataria

Flying :May. June; July, August   (two generations)

Common

1651 Chinese Character  Cilix glaucata

Flying :April,May,June; July,August,September  (two generations)

Common

Usually rests with wings together - looks like a bird dropping.

1653 Buff Arches  Habrosyne pyritoides

Flying :June, July, August - mainly July

Common

Photo of  Peach Blossom by Liz and Philip Rapley

Thyatiridae

Photo of Red-tipped Clearwing by Graeme Davis

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Cossidae

Limacodidae

Sesiidae A family containing about a dozen UK moths - of which the Lunar Hornet Moth is classed as common but others are ‘Nationally Scarce’. This could be because of under-recording as the moths fly by day and do not immediately look like moths.


Saturniidae

Drepanidae

Photo of  male Ghost Moth by Graeme Davis

Photo of Red-tipped Clearwing by Graeme Davis

Photo of  Lunar Hornet Moth by Graeme Davis

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Female                         Male

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