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Moth  Mottled Umber

Mottled Umber - Photo  Copyright 2004 Dean Stables Photo + Text: Dean Stables

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Latin name: Erannis defoliaria

Size: Wingspan approximately 40-45mm

Distribution: Found throughout the U.K.

Months seen: Late October to January

Food: The Caterpillars feed on a variety of trees and shrubs, mainly Birch, Oak and Sallow.

Habitat: Woods and Parks.

Special features: Although the females are wingless, the males are probably one of the most variable of the British Moths.

Variations of the Mottled Umber markings - Photo  Copyright 2004 Dean StablesBoth the colour and intensity of the markings varies considerably between individuals, from plain single colour specimens, through to tri-colour vividly marked moths.

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