Rooftop Moths

Plenty of moths still coming to the roof terrace trap over the last few days, the night of tuesday/wednesday being the best with 9 hebrew character, 8 common quaker, 3 early grey, 3 brindled pug and two new roof terrace species for the year, muslin moth and lunar marbled brown. The lunar marbled brown is the first to be recorded from my roof terrace.

Lunar Marbled Brown
Lunar marbled brown is a common spring flying moth occurring in gardens, hedgerows and woodlands, wherever there are oaks which is the larval foodplant. There are not many records for Hastings but it seems to be more regular in the Filsham area.

Muslin Moth
Muslin moths are not usually on the wing until May so this is quite an early specimen. Males are this grey-brown colour the females are white with black spots. The larvae feed on a variety of herbs including docks and plantains.

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