Moths to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Scotland

Ruby tiger, Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Ruby tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa, caterpillar

The caterpillar grows up to 35 mm long, and is found in open woodland, downland, meadows and moorland. The foodplants include dock, dandelion, goldenrod and yarrow.

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Ruby tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Artica caja, the Garden tiger

Garden tiget, Arctica caja

Wingspan 45 - 70 mm.

Flies June to August.

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Eudonia mercurella.

Eudonia mercurella

Wingspan 16 - 19 mm.

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Spilosoma lubricipeda, White ermine

White ermine caterpillar, Spilosoma lubricipeda

White ermine moth

Caterpillar length up to 40 mm

Found in a wide variety of habitats, and many types of low growing plants.

Caterpillar feeds from July to autumn.

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Argresthia brockeelia

Yponomeutidae, Argresthia brockeelia

Wingspan 4.0 - 5.5 mm

Adults fly June and July

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Noctua pronuba, the Large yellow underwing.

Noctua pronuba, Large yellow underwing caterpillar, photograph of the 2 colour types

Caterpillars are found in the soil during the day from August to May, emerging at night to eat the leaves of low growing plants. Adults fly from June to October.

Caterpillars grow to 50 mm long.

Pupa sometimes parasitised by a wasp

Amblyteles armatorius emerging from Large yeellow underwing pupa

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