Noctuid Moths to be found in and around Torphins Wood, Scotland

Torphins is a village in upper Deeside, Aberdeenshire Scotland - see the map on the right. 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.

Grey dagger caterpillar, Acronicta psi caterpillar on blackcurrant leaf

Grey dagger, Acronicta psi

Common and found in a wide variety of habitats.

Caterpillar food plants include birch, alder, hawthorn, blackthorn, plum, pear, apple, and many others. Caterpillar length up to 38 mm. Feeds Aug - Oct.

Adult flies June - Aug. Adult length at rest is 17 - 20 mm.

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Grey dagger, Acronicta psi

Acronicta rumicis, the Knot grass

Knot grass caterpillar, Acronicta rumicis

Found in hedgerows, waste ground, meadows and gardens.

Caterpillar up to 38 mm. Food plants include plantains, docks, bramble, thistles, hops, sallow and hawthorn.

Adults fly in May and August.

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Cerapteryx graminis, Antler moth, male

Cerapteryx graminis, the antler moth.

The caterpillars feed on grasses and rushes from March to June, and the adults fly in July and August, both day and night.

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Autographa gamma, adult, Silver Y moth

Autographa gamma, Silver Y moth.

Adults are most common in the autumn, and fly both day and night.

Wingspan in 4 cm.

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Silver y, Autographa gamma, cocoon

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