Saturday 27 July 2013

Common Footman

No, nothing to do with servants, but the name of a moth which I caught last night and which is only the third record for Islay, the first two being in 1983 and 1999. It's quite small, about 15-16 mm in length. Unusually, instead of feeding on vegetation, the caterpillars feed mostly on lichens and algae on trees, old walls, rocks, etc., so it ought flourish here rather than be apparently very scarce!

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