Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria
Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria
Adult • Yeovil, Somerset • © John Day

70.224 BF1904
Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria

(Linnaeus, 1767)

Wingspan 28-32 mm.

The English name of this species is derived from the moth's fanciful resemblance to burnt paper or similar substance.

It is widely distributed in England and Wales, sometimes fairly commonly, and also occurs though less commonly, in Scotland and Ireland.

Inhabiting woodland, the larvae feed on a range of deciduous trees, including oak (Quercus), birch (Betula) and sallow (Salix).

The main flight period is May and June. The adults are attracted to sugar, but only usually the males to light.
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