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Moths

Hackfall has an interesting population of moths. Thanks to Charles Fletcher for the species list below and use of his copyright photograph.

The picture above is of Micropterix aureatella which has a wingspan of just 9-11 mm. The adults have working mandibles, and they feed on pollen from various flowers particularly from the flowers of sedge which occurs in abundance in Hackfall, particularly the Weeping Sedge (Carex pendula). It is thought that their caterpillars feed on Bilberry. Bilberry occurs in areas of the wood, in particular the upper slopes to the South of Mowbray Castle.

Moth Species List
The following are moths that have been observed in Hackfall.
Micropterix tunbergella
Micropterix aureatella
Micropterix calthella
Eriocrania subpurpurella
Eriocrania cicatricella
Eriocrania semipurpurella
Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift
Hepialus fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift
Ectoedemia angulifasciella
Ectoedemia occultella
Ectoedemia albifasciella
Stigmella aurella
Stigmella lemniscella
Stigmella sorbi
Stigmella tityrella
Stigmella hemargyrella
Stigmella tiliae
Stigmella hybnerella
Stigmella nylandriella
Stigmella microtheriella
Stigmella lapponica
Tischeria ekebladella
Nematopogon swammerdamella
Nemophora degeerella
Adela reaumurella
Narycia duplicella
Nemapogon cloacella Cork Moth
Monopis laevigella Skin Moth
Niditinea striolella
Lyonetia clerkella Apple Leaf Miner
Caloptilia rufipennella
Parornix devoniella
Phyllonorycter harrisella
Phyllonorycter quercifoliella
Phyllonorycter oxyacanthae
Phyllonorycter maestingella
Phyllonorycter coryli Nut Leaf Blister Moth
Phyllonorycter rajella
Phyllonorycter ulmifoliella
Phyllonorycter tristrigella
Phyllonorycter nicellii
Phyllonorycter geniculella
Glyphipterix simpliciella Cocksfoot Moth
Argyresthia brockeella
Argyresthia retinella
Yponomeuta evonymella Bird-cherry Ermine
Prays fraxinella Ash Bud Moth
Ypsolopha dentella Honeysuckle Moth
Ypsolopha sequella
Coleophora flavipennella
Coleophora serratella
Coleophora spinella Apple & Plum Case-bearer
Denisia similella
Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth
Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth
Carcina quercana
Semioscopis avellanella
Agonopterix heracliana
Athrips mouffetella
Hypatima rhomboidella
Blastobasis adustella
Blastobasis lacticolella
Agapeta hamana
Pandemis corylana Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix
Pandemis heparana Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix
Ditula angustiorana Red-barred Tortrix
Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
Eulia ministrana
Aleimma loeflingiana
Acleris forsskaleana
Acleris rhombana Rhomboid Tortrix
Celypha lacunana
Epinotia ramella
Zeiraphera isertana
Spilonota ocellana Bud Moth
Cydia splendana
Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer
Agriphila straminella
Agriphila tristella
Catoptria falsella
Scoparia ambigualis
Dipleurina lacustrata
Eudonia truncicolella
Eudonia mercurella
Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble
Udea lutealis
Udea prunalis
Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl
Hypsopygia costalis Gold Triangle
Achroia grisella Lesser Wax Moth
Aphomia sociella Bee Moth
Euzophera pinguis
Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip
Cilix glaucata Chinese Character
Thyatira batis Peach Blossom
Habrosyne pyritoides Buff Arches
Ochropacha duplaris Common Lutestring
Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald
Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave
Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave
Idaea aversata Riband Wave
Idaea aversata ab. remutata Riband Wave [non-banded form]
Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata Large Twin-spot Carpet
Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet
Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet
Mesoleuca albicillata Beautiful Carpet
Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet
Eulithis testata Chevron
Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix
Chloroclysta citrata Dark Marbled Carpet
Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet
Plemyria rubiginata rubiginata Blue-bordered Carpet
Thera britannica Spruce Carpet
Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet
Hydriomena furcata July Highflyer
Hydriomena impluviata May Highflyer
Operophtera brumata Winter Moth
Perizoma affinitata Rivulet
Perizoma alchemillata Small Rivulet
Perizoma didymata Twin-spot Carpet
Eupithecia tenuiata Slender Pug
Eupithecia exiguata Mottled Pug
Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug
Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug
Eupithecia virgaureata Golden-rod Pug
Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug
Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug
Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug
Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug
Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug
Odezia atrata Chimney Sweeper
Discoloxia blomeri Blomer’s Rivulet
Hydrelia flammeolaria Small Yellow Wave
Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped
Abraxas sylvata Clouded Magpie
Lomaspilis marginata Clouded Border
Macaria liturata Tawny-barred Angle
Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line
Plagodis dolabraria Scorched Wing
Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth
Selenia dentaria Early Thorn
Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn
Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel
Crocallis elinguaria Scalloped Oak
Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth
Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn
Biston betularia Peppered Moth
Erannis defoliaria Mottled Umber
Menophra abruptaria Waved Umber
Deileptenia ribeata Satin Beauty
Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty
Ectropis bistortata Engrailed
Aethalura punctulata Grey Birch
Ematurga atomaria Common Heath
Cabera pusaria Common White Wave
Cabera exanthemata Common Wave
Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted
Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver
Campaea margaritata Light Emerald
Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth
Notodonta ziczac Pebble Prominent
Pheosia gnoma Lesser Swallow Prominent
Pheosia tremula Swallow Prominent
Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent
Drymonia ruficornis Lunar Marbled Brown
Orgyia antiqua Vapourer
Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock
Euproctis similis Yellow-tail
Eilema depressa Buff Footman
Eilema lurideola Common Footman
Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine
Spilosoma luteum Buff Ermine
Nola confusalis Least Black Arches
Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart
Axylia putris Flame
Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder
Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing
Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing
Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay
Diarsia brunnea Purple Clay
Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot
Xestia triangulum Double Square-spot
Xestia baja Dotted Clay
Xestia sexstrigata Six-striped Rustic
Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic
Cerastis rubricosa Red Chestnut
Lacanobia thalassina Pale-shouldered Brocade
Orthosia cruda Small Quaker
Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker
Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab
Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker
Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character
Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot
Eupsilia transversa Satellite
Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow
Xanthia citrago Orange Sallow
Acronicta megacephala Poplar Grey
Amphipyra berbera svenssoni Svensson’s Copper Underwing
Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades
Cosmia trapezina Dun-bar
Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches
Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot
Apamea scolopacina Slender Brindle
Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg.
Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg.
Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain
Paradrina clavipalpis Pale Mottled Willow
Bena bicolorana Scarce Silver-lines
Nycteola revayana Oak Nycteoline
Autographa gamma Silver Y
Abrostola tripartita Spectacle
Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald
Rivula sericealis Straw Dot
Hypena proboscidalis Snout
Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot
Herminia grisealis Small Fan-foot