Cornwall moths: Synaphe punctalis

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Lots of the Pyralid moth Synaphe punctalis were disturbed when walking around the well known Porthgwarra coastal bird-watching point near Land’s End last week.

Some were very well marked but proved difficult to photograph amongst the grasses until one landed on my finger.

Several Hummingbird Hawk-moths (Macroglossum stellatarum) were also seen hovering around the rock face in the bright sunshine.

Insight into Synaphe punctalis: a nationally scarce moth found mostly on a few coastal sites around the south and south east coast of the UK, it can be locally abundant.

The larvae feed on mosses and the adult moths are sexually dimorphic with the females being paler.

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