Moths (2) to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland. There is nothing particularly special about the wood, it is a mixed species coniferous/deciduous wood, so things found there can probably be found in many other Scottish, British or even European woods.

Dark arches, Apamea monoglyphaDark arches, Apamea monoglypha

Adults fly in meadows and grassy places in June and July.

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Ghost swift moth, Swift moth, Ghost moth, Hepialus humuli

Ghost swift moth caterpillar, Hepialus humuli caterpillar

Ghost swift moth cocoon, Hepialus humuli cocoon

Ghost swift moth adult, Hepialus humuli adult

The caterpillar is up to 40 mm long, found in fields, gardens, near grasses. The moth is a night flier.

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Vapourer, Orgyia antiqua

Vapourer moth caterpillar, Orgyia antiqua

Found in woods, hedges, parks and gardens in spring and summer as a caterpillar, and July and August as an adult moth.

Caterpillar length when fully grown is 35 mm.

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Six-spot Burnet moth, Zygaena filipendulae

six-spot burnet moth, Zygaena filipendulae

Adults are seen in open, grassy site with plenty of flowers from June to August.

The caterpillar feeds on birdsfoot trefoil, and is 22 mm long when fully grown, it is short, fat and tapered at both ends.

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