Travel Notes

As we travel widely during the summer looking for insects to photograph, Roger Edmondson and I have decided to put a record of our more interesting finds on this website. New entries are not always entered in date order so please check for changes by clicking on 'What's new' on  the home page.

13th April 2017

One of the aspects of studying moths that makes them interesting no matter how long you have been doing it, is the discovery of a form of a species that you have not come across before. This was the case for me with the olive banded form of Pine Beauty Panolis flammea that came to a UV light in my garden. Although I have never lived in an area where there are lots of conifers and the moth is common, I have seen a large number of them over the years, but never this form.

The form is not rare and perhaps i have missed it when I have had faded or damaged specimens arrive at the trap, but I definitely have not had it in the garden before.

For comparison, a strongly coloured specimen of the red form is shown below.

Olive form of Pine Beauty

Red form of Pine Beauty

The larvae of this moth feed on the young needles of pines, including the native Scots Pine. They can be a pest in forestry areas, as they were when Lodgepole Pine was commonly planted in northern Scotland in the 1970s.

The moth is found throughout most of Britain and coastal counties of Ireland, apart from central northern England and parts of western and northern Scotland, and parts of the Hebrides.

Both of the moths in the pictures had a forewing length of 15mm.




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