Mother Shipton Moths
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Scientific name: Callistege mi
Size: Wingspan up to 35mm
Distribution: Found in most parts of the UK. More frequently in southern England
Months seen: May to July
Habitat: Hedgerows, wasteground, grassland and gardens
Food: Nectar. The larvae eat clovers, grasses and reeds
Special features: Mother Shipton moths get their name from the pattern on their wings which is thought to resemble the legendary Yorkshire witch. They are day-flying moths which prefer to fly very short distances.
The caterpillars are normally seen between June and September. They are pale brown with a cream coloured stripe along each side.