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.

Ruby tiger, Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Ruby tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa, caterpillar

The caterpillar grows up to 35 mm long, and is found in open woodland, downland, meadows and moorland. The foodplants include dock, dandelion, goldenrod and yarrow.

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Ruby tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa

Eudonia mercurella

Eudonia mercurella.

Wingspan 16 - 19 mm.

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Spilosoma lubricipeda, White ermine

Caterpillar length up to 40 mm

Fpound in a wide variety of habitats, and many types of low growing plants.

Caterpillar feeds from July to autumn.

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White ermine caterpillar, Spilosoma lubricipeda

Argresthia brockeelia

Yponomeutidae, Argresthia brockeelia

Wingspan 4.0 - 5.5 mm

Adults fly June and July

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Noctua pronuba, the Large yellow underwing.

Noctua pronuba, Large yellow underwing caterpillar, photograph of the 2 colour types

Caterpillars are found in the soil during the day from August to May, emerging at night to eat the leaves of low growing plants. Adults fly from June to October.

Caterpillars grow to 50 mm long.

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Large yellow underwing moth

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