Pine Beauty moth recorded in Flushing, Falmouth in Cornwall

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John Cooke attracted this Pine Beauty moth to light in his garden.

Overnight she laid eggs, some of which had stuck to her wings. The eggs will be held, the emergent caterpillars reared through and the adult moths then released back in John’s garden.

Thanks John for the call so I could get a better image of this real beauty.

Insight into Pine Beauty (Panolis flammea): a relatively common moth throughout the UK wherever pine trees and coniferous plantations occur.

Despite being well marked, Pine Beauty is well camouflaged amongst the spring buds of pine and its boldly striped caterpillars are also surprisingly difficult to see amongst the needles.

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