Dave Barlow © Cleveland Naturalists’ Field Club. 17th April 2015


Photo: J Scott



Cinnabar Moth (Tyria jacobaeae)

Size: up to 30mm

Photographed in Coatham Woods, Stockton-on-Tees. 03/07/10

Seen July to September



Found in dry grassland, sand dunes, heath and other open grassland including gardens and woodland rides.


Feeds mainly on common ragwort (Senecio jacobaea).



Photo: J Scott



Drinker Moth (Euthrix potatoria)


Photographed at South Gare, Redcar. 10/06/09

Seen August to June.



Found in damp grassland, bogs, fens and marshes.  On moor and heathland, damp woodland, and gardens.

Food plants include course grasses such as cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata)and couch (Agropyron repens). Common reed (Phragmites communis), reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)  and wood small reed (Calamagrostis epigejos).



Photo: J Scott



Elephant Hawk Moth (Deilephila elpenor)


Photographed at Yearsby, North Yorkshire. 23/04/09

Seen late June to September



Found in rough grassland with disturbed ground, hedgerows, ditches, gardens, woodland rides, heath and dunes.

Food plants include rosebay willowherb (Epilobium augustifolium), and bedstraws (Galium sp.) and has been found on himalyan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera), and fushia (Fuchsia sp.).



Photo: J Scott





Emporer Moth (Saturnia pavonia)


Photographed on Roxby Moor, North Yorkshire. 22/08/10


Seen May to August



Found on heathland and moorland bogs, hedgerows, sand dunes and other scrubby places.

Feeds mainly on woody plants, heather (Calluna vulgaris), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), sallow (Salix sp.) and birch (Betula sp.).



Photo: J Scott





Fox Moth (Macrothylacia rubi)


Photographed at Goathland Tarn, North Yorkshire. 07/08/10.


Seen June to April



Found on heath and moorland, damp meadows, coastal grassland and in woodland glades.

Feeds on heather (Calluna vulgaris), creeping willow (Salix repens) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), meadowsweet (Fillipendula ulmaria)and salad burnet (Sanguisorba minor).



Photo: J Scott





Garden Tiger Moth (Arctia caja)


Photographed on Hutton Common,

North Yorkshire. 19/05/10


Seen August to June



Found in many open habitats including gardens, meadows, scrubby sand dunes, and woodland rides.


Feeds on various herbaceous plants, nettle (Urtica dioica), broad leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius), burdock (Arctium sp.), hounds tongue (Cynoglossum officinale), and garden plants.



Photo: J Scott





Knot Grass Moth (Acronicta rumicis)


Photographed on Easby Moor, North Yorkshire Moors. 04/07/09


Seen May to July in north.



Widespread in gardens, grassland, heath, wetland and woodland edges,

Feeds on herbaceous and some woody plants. Broadleaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius), common sorrel (Rumex acetosa), plantain (Plantago sp.), water mint (Mentha aquatica), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), burnet rose (Rosa pimpinellifolia) and sallow (Salix sp.).



Photo: J Scott





Large White Butterfly (Pieris brassicae)

Photographed on cabbage in garden. 30/08/10

Seen May to September



Is very common in gardens, cultivated land and open flowery grassland.


Feeds on brassicas, garden nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus), wild crucifers and wild mignonette (Reseda lutea).



Photo: J Scott





Northern Eggar Moth (Lasiocampa quercus callunae)

Photographed on Roxby Moor, North Yorkshire. 22/08/10

Seen May to September



Found on Heath and moorland, woodland edges, hedgerows, fens, downland and sea cliffs.

Feeds on heather (Calluna vulgaris), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), sallows (Salix sp.) and other woody plants.



Photo: J Scott





Ruby Tiger Moth (Phragmatobia fuliginosa fuliginosa)


Photographed on Roseberry Common, North Yorkshire. 12/10/10


Seen May to September



Found in most open habitats.


Feeds on heather (Calluna vulgaris), broom (Cytisus scoparius), ragwort (Senecio sp.) and plantain (Plantago sp.) as well as many herbaceous plants.



Small White Butterfly (Pieris rapae)


Photographed on cabbage in garden. 30/08/10


Seen May to September



Is very common in gardens, on cultivated land and open flowery grassland.


Feeds on brassicas, garden nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus), wild crucifers and wild mignonette (Reseda lutea).



Photo: J Scott



Broom Moth (Melanchra pisi)




Photographed at Goathland Tarn, North Yorkshire. 07/08/10


Seen June to September



Found in open country including gardens, moorland and heath.  


Feeds on a wide variety of plants including herbaceous and some woody plants, broom (Cytisus scoparius), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), and sallow (Salix sp.).



Photo: J Scott





Beautiful Yellow Underwing (Anarta myrtilli)

Photographed at Goathland Tarn, North Yorkshire. 07/08/10

Seen April to October



Found on heath and moorland.


Feeds on heather (Calluna vulgaris)



Photo: J Scott





6 Spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena filipendulae)

Photographed in Coatham Woods, Stockton-on-Tees. 10/05/10

Seen August to June



Found on grassland, roadside verges, woodland rides and coastal grassland.


Feeds mainly on birds-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)


Caterpillars seen on Cleveland Nats field club outings