The Nutmeg Anarta trifolii
The Nutmeg Anarta trifolii
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The Nutmeg Anarta trifolii

(Hufnagel, 1766)


Wingspan 30-35 mm.

Occurring most commonly in the south-east of England, its range stretches northwards, locally through northern England and Wales, to Scotland, where it is quite scarce. Occasional migrants appear, which are thought to be the source of some far northern records.

It inhabits waste ground, agricultural land and a range of other habitats, and has two broods in the south, one in the north, with moths appearing between May and September.

The larval foodplants are particularly orache (Atriplex) and goosefoot (Chenopodium).
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