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Moth  Knot Grass Moth

Knot Grass Larva - Photo  Copyright 2008 Debbie Winfield
Photo: Debbie Winfield

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Latin name:
Acronicta rumicis

Size: Adult moth has a wingspan of approx 40mm. The caterpillars grow to about 40mm long

Found throughout the UK (less frequently in Scotland)

Months seen: Adult moths from May to July. Caterpillars from June to September

Habitat: Meadows, gardens and hedgerows

Food: Caterpillars feed heather, mint, bramble, hawthorn and plantain

Special features: Knot Grass caterpillars are mainly black with a row of red and yellow dashes on each side of the body. There is a row of white patches along the back, and tufts of short orange-yellow hairs.

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