A CHRISTMAS MOTH

Should we get any mild nights during the rest of December, then there is a chance that you might trap one of these little beauties. The December Moth is a resident and commonly distributed throughout England and Wales, with exception to higher ground.

Identification is straight forward and it is unlikely to be confused with any other species of British moth. The males having feathery antennae and the females are much larger.

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December Moth – male – photo Tony Davison.

Another winter species that seems to defy all sense of temperature is the Winter Moth. These are the small moths that one often sees flying very weakly through the car headlights in late autumn and on and off throughout the winter, by woodland and hedgerows. The females are wingless and so it is the drab brown males that are often observed. This tiny creature seems to be able to fly in all kinds of temperatures, I have even seen them on the wing at just about sub-zero. So good moth-ing, if you are lucky enough to catch some mild weather.

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Winter Moth – male – photo by Tony Davison.

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One Response to A CHRISTMAS MOTH

  1. akismet-c755233933cce9add7a1619bb4b1795f says:

    Hi Tony,

    December Moth is a species I have yet to record. I’m hoping the milder conditions predicted over the next week or so will give me a chance to get the trap out again! Fingers crossed, I’ll get to admire one of those black beauties soon 🙂

    Great post & great images as usual 🙂

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