This cryptically camouflaged moth was attracted to light and photographed by June Clouston while attending the course.
Like so many moths The Lappet Moth seems to be a species on decline. According to Butterfly Conservation’s The Provisional Atlas of the UK’s Larger Moths its range extends approximately south of a line drawn between the Wash and the Severn Estuary.
However, in recent years its distribution seems to have contracted with most records coming from the southern counties of Devon, Dorset and Hampshire.
Other moths can be seen in the galleries and species pages
The photo of the Lappet Moth caterpillar shown was taken by Irene Harvey in her Essex garden.
According to Jim Porter’s excellent Colour Guide to British caterpillars the larval foodplants are hawthorn, blackthorn, buckthorn, sallow, plum and apple.
The Lappet Moth is single brooded, flying between June and July, with the caterpillar overwintering.
Sightings of other species of Lappet caterpillars from around the world including South Africa, North America and other parts of Europe are shortly to be added to the site.
Thanks go to June and Irene for their sightings.