Ghost Moth

Hepialus humuli

Description

Wingspan 44 - 48mm. The male has white fore and hind-wings. the female has pale yellow with orange markings.

Habitat

Grassy areas, woodland rides, roadside verges, areas with rank vegetation. The larvae feed on the roots of many plants, including grasses, nettles, docks and burdocks.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain except the highlands. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to August.