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Friends of Hartlebury Common
Moths
Hartlebury Common is very good for moths, unfortunately most can only be seen at night, and are best found using a moth trap. However, there are many day flying moths, some of them very rare and interesting, and it is these we shall concentrate on in this page. Click on the name to go to Butterfly Conservation's moths page for more information. For a list of the moths you might see on the common, click on the box to the right.
Emperor Moth
The Emperor is a spectacular moth of heathland and moors, which can be seen in April and May. The males fly during the day in search of females, although they are rapid and easy to mistake for the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. The caterpillar is green with black hoops and yellow wart like spots and can be seen on heather between late May and August. If you spot an Emperor Moth or the caterpillar on the common please let us know.
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Archer's Dart
This stunning moth has a local distribution, usually found around the coast of Britain and some inland heaths. The adult can be found on the common from late July through to September. It feeds on the flowers of Ragwort and Heathers, sometimes during the day. It was attracted to lights in good numbers at an August moth trapping event on the Common.
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Common Heath
This moth is common throughout Britain, and appears in May and June, sometimes again in August. It inhabits heaths, moorland and open woodland, and is rather variable. It flies during the day, especially in sunshine.
The caterpillars, feed on heather (Calluna), heath (Erica) and clovers (Trifolium spp).
For a list of the Moths you might find on Hartlebury Common clic here