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.
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.