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

- ground beetles 1
- ground beetles 2
- burying beetles
- beetles 1
- beetles 2
- beetles 3
- springtails
- earwigs
- flies
- hoverflies
- true bugs
- bumblebees
- bees
- ants
- wasps
- saw flies and wood wasps
- butterflies
- butterflies 2
- butterflies and moths 2
- moths
- moths 2
- moths 3
- lacewings etc.
- dragonflies and damselflies
- scorpion flies
- stoneflies
- caddis flies
- lice
Slugs and snails
Worms and leeches
Millipedes and centipedes
- spiders 1
- spiders 2
- spiders 3
- harvestmen
- mites
- ticks etc.
- woodlice
- water fleas
- cyclops

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. For more information on Torphins itself and the human population there go to

Grey dagger caterpillar, Acronicta psi caterpillar on blackcurrant leaf
Grey dagger, Acronicta psi

Grey dagger, Acronicta psi

Common and found in a wide variety of habitats.

Caterpillar foodplants 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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Knot grass caterpillar, Acronicta rumicis

Acronicta rumicis, the Knot grass

Found in hedgerows, waste ground, meadows and gardens.

Caterpillar up to 38 mm. Foodplants 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 Marh to June, and the adults fly in July and August, both day and night.

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Autographa gamma, adult, Silver Y mothSilver y, Autographa gamma, cocoon

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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