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SpeciesTaxon stageFoodplantTime of yearTipRankPhoto
View field tip details Angle-striped Sallow
Larvabirches, Betula spp.
late May to early JuneThe larvae is to be found at the end of May or beginning of June on birch. Beat the lower branches hard. The larva is very sickly looking, and, before I knew them, I used to throw them away thinking that they were ichneumoned (Corbett) [Tutt]
View field tip details Archer's Dart
Portland Moth
LarvaCreeping Willow/Dwarf Sallow, Salix repens
late MayFrom tufts of the foodplant on the Culbin sands, in May 24th, I dug out 156 larva of Portland Moth and several of Archer's Dart (Norman) [Tutt]
View field tip details Black-banded
LarvaThrift, Armeria maritima
MayThe larvae are to be found by day around the roots of Thrift or on the blossoms by night (Newman). We believe Sea Plantain is the more usual foodplant. [Tutt]
View field tip details Blackneck
Larvavetches, Vicia spp.
MayThe almost full-fed larvae may be found feeding on the foodplant by night, and by searching among the herbage at the roots by day [Tutt]
View field tip details Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth
Imago late May to early JuneThe adults fly in the morning and afternoon sunshine; specially fond of rhododendrons [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Brown Scallop
LarvaBuckthorn, Rhamnus catharticus
MayDuring the first week of May the young larvae mine the young shoots, their presence being indicated by the drooping condition of the young twigs. After a week or so they emerge from the mine, and live in the shelter made by spinning two or three young leaves together. [Tutt]
View field tip details Chestnut-coloured Carpet
LarvaJuniper, Juniperus communis
May to JuneBeat for larvae [Tutt]
View field tip details Dark Umber
LarvaAlder Buckthorn, Frangula alnus
Buckthorn, Rhamnus catharticus
mid May to early JuneThe larvae are to be found and should be beaten for [Tutt]
View field tip details Dew Moth
LarvaLichens
MayThe larvae feed on a ground lichen, which grows amongst the grass, often just outside the tide-mark. They afterwards feed fairly well on the grey lichens, which are not uncommon on apple and other trees (Crewe). Also occurs inland, at Box Hill, &c. [Tutt]
View field tip details Dingy Shears
Red Underwing
Larvasallows and willows, Salix spp.
MayThe larvae of Dingy Shears can be obtained in abundance beneath the loose bark of willow trees, where they hide by day. They go up at night to feed. The larvae of Red Underwing may often be found in the same places [Tutt]
View field tip details Double Kidney
Larvasallows and willows, Salix spp.
MayIt pays to search sallow bushes, not to beat them, for the larvae, which prefer sallows with leaves of thin texture; they are also found on willows [Tutt]
View field tip details Double-striped Pug
Larvagorses, Ulex spp.
late MayThe larvae may be beaten from furze blossoms [Tutt]
View field tip details Dusky-lemon Sallow
Larvaelms, Ulmus spp.
late MayAt the end of May the larvae are usually abundant locally on elm [Tutt]
View field tip details Dwarf Pug
Imagospruces, Picea spp.
MayBeat and search spruce for adults [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Emperor Moth
Ova MayThe eggs are to be found on ling, sallow, &c., laid round and round a twig, and not at all unlike a small bunch of dried flowers of heathers [Tutt]
View field tip details Grass Emerald
LarvaPetty Whin, Genista anglica
MaySearch or beat for larvae [Tutt]
View field tip details Great Prominent
Imago mid May to mid JuneThe adults are best taken from the middle of May to the middle of June upon the trunks of oak, about one to four feet from the ground (Mawson) [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Ground Lackey
Larva MayThe larvae (small in May and still gregarious) are exceedingly abundant on a large variety of plants on the saltings of the Kent and Essex coasts, will feed freely on common garden chrysanthemums. [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Heath Rustic
Larvaheathers, Erica spp.
May to JuneIn sweeping for heather for the larvae it is well to select the larger larvae only as being less likely to be ichneumoned; the parasites appear to leave the 'stung' larvae when the latter are about two-thirds grown (Collins) [Tutt]
View field tip details Hoary Footman
Larva MayThe larvae have been found commonly on Romney Marsh, on the low plants growing on the shingle just above the high-water mark. [Tutt]
View field tip details Lappet
Larvahawthorns, Crataegus spp.
apple, Malus spp.
Crab-apple, Malus sylvestris
Blackthorn, Prunus spinosa
late MayThe larvae should be sought on blackthorn, buckthorn, resting low down during the day; it comes up and feeds by night, and is common on Wicken Fen [Tutt]
View field tip details Large Emerald
LarvaHazel, Corylus avellana
late MayThe larvae, almost full-fed, are to be found firmly attached by the anal claspers to the twigs or birch, alder and hazel. Their resemblance to the catkins is remarkable. [Tutt]
View field tip details Lead-coloured Drab
Larvapoplars, Populus spp.
late MayThe larvae are to be found between flatly united leaves of poplar [Tutt]
View field tip details Lead-coloured Drab
Larvapoplars, Populus spp.
Aspen, Populus tremula
MayThe larvae spins two poplar (or aspen) leaves together, one upon the other, and lives between. The larva is easily seen against the light. It is very transparent, and almost colourless, of a yellowish-white tint with a black head. Often high up on tall trees. [Tutt]
View field tip details Lesser-spotted Pinion
White-spotted Pinion
Lunar-spotted Pinion
Larvaelms, Ulmus spp.
late MayBeat elms for the larvae. The Lesser-spotted Pinion may be beaten from the lower branches, and though White-spotted Pinion oftens occurs commonly in the same localities as its congener, the larvae are generally much more difficult to obtain. Do they feed higher up the trees? [Tutt]
View field tip details Lilac Beauty
LarvaWild Privet, Ligustrum vulgare
Honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum
Lilac, Syringa vulgaris
MayThe larvae are to be found feeding on the low-growing honeysuckle in woods (also affect privet and lilac) [Tutt]
View field tip details Lilac Beauty
LarvaWild Privet, Ligustrum vulgare
Honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum
Lilac, Syringa vulgaris
May, September to OctoberThe larvae hibernates small and may be found on its foodplant. [Tutt]
View field tip details Lobster Moth
Imago late May to early JuneThe trunks of trees in beechwoods should be well worked for the adults [Tutt]Tip has photos
View field tip details Maple Pug
LarvaField Maple, Acer campestre
mid May to late MayIn the last week of May the flowers should be first searched and then beaten for larvae. The larvae feed on and in maple bloom in May. They feed up rapidly, pupate in or near the surface of the soil or among the food-plants, and are very easy to rear [Tutt]ranking 4Tip has photos
View field tip details Marbled Clover
ImagoCommon Bird's-foot Trefoil, Lotus corniculatus
late May to early JuneIt flies abundantly at the blossom of Lotus corniculatus (with which the denes near Great Yarmouth are covered) in late May and early June (Harmer) [Tutt]Tip has photos

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