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Moth  Forester Moth

Forester Moth - Photo  Copyright 2003 Steve Botham Photo: Steve Botham

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A great way to see all the details on these insects and other small creatures is with a special magnifier box - click here

Latin name: Adscita statices

Size: Approximately 26mms

Distribution: Found in many parts of the U.K.

Months seen: May to July. The caterpillars can sometimes be found in May when they are fully grown.

Food: Nectar. The caterpillars feed on sorrel.

Habitat: Woods, parks and damp meadows.

Special features: A beautiful day-flying moth with irridescent yellow/green wing scales.

The caterpillars are pale green or yellow with a dark stripe down the centre of the back and some fine white hairs down their back.

The moths can often be found feeding on meadow flowers such as Ragged robin and Clover.


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