Flora & Fauna
Friends of Hartlebury Common
Over 800 species of moth have been recorded on the common, including many that are usually found only on coastal sandy areas or are heathland specialists such as Fox moth, Archer's Dart, Dotted Border Wave, Beautiful Yellow Underwing, Beautiful Brocade and Annulet. Many of the moths can only be seen at night, and recorded by moth trapping, but there are a number of day flying moths. The most important of these is the Emperor Moth, a spectacular moth of heathland and moors, which can be seen in April and May. Day flying moths that can be seen on the common include: Common Heath, Mother Shipton, Brown Borderline, Silver Y, Beautiful Yellow Underwing, Six-spot Burnet, Narrow bordered Five-spot Burnet and Cinnabar. For a list of the moths you might see on the common, click on the box to the right.
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.
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.
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