Species of the Month - June 2014

Forester Moth

Adscita statices

Moth books show the Forester as bright green but it normally looks blue to me when seen in the field.  The first time I saw one I didn't even realise it was a moth.


Adscita statices

It flies by day and is on the wing from late May to mid July when it visits various flowers for nectar and hunts for Common Sorrel leaves on which to lay its eggs.

Adscita statices   Adscita statices

It is declining in Britain and is a UK BAP Priority Speices.  In Scotland it is confined to west Argyll and parts of the Solway coast.   Forester Surveys in Argyll 2014 by Andrew Masterman has all the latest into including maps and a list of records.  It would be good if we can add to these this year.

The photos above show males with broad, shortly feathery antennae.

Adscita statices   Adscita statices

Above left is a female, with sligthly narrower antennae than the male.  The wing length is about 11-13 mm in the females and 12-15 mm in the males.  A glimpse of the distinctive banded abdomen is on the right.

Please send in yo
ur Forester Moth sightings using the form below, or email sightings@lnhg.org.uk with the details if you prefer.  If you are not sure of the identity of your moth, please send a photo to sightings@lnhg.org.uk, or put one on the LORN forum and let me know it is there.

Date of sighting 
Grid reference 
Number seen 
Flowers visited 
Name of finder 
Your name (if different) 
Email (not needed if I already know it!) 
Any other details, e.g. habitat, behaviour   


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Carl Farmer
G Biological Records Manager

Sightings so far

13 June: Rosemary Neagle saw 2 at Carnasserie Farm

14 June: Gordon Gray Stephens spotted one on the LNHG walk at Old Poltalloch.  Photo below.  Rob Lightfoot found another nearby.

Adscita statices

15 June: I saw several between Carnasserie and Ormaig

Note you can still send in records for past species of the month.  Here is the list of species we've had so far:

May 2014 - Large Red Damselfly
Apr 2014 - Hedgehog
Mar 2014 - Hairy Bittercress
Feb 2014 - Pale Brindled Beauty
Jan 2014 - Velvet Shank
Dec 2013 - Frilly-fruited Jelly Lichen
Nov 2013 - Whooper Swan
Oct 2013 - Ballerina Waxcap
Sep 2013 - Parrot Waxcap
Aug 2013 - Vapourer Moth

Jul 2013 - Emerald Damselfly
Jun 2013 - Globe Flower
May 2013 - Early Purple Orchid
Apr 2013 - Peacock Butterfly
Mar 2013 - Oak Beauty
Feb 2013 - Coral Lungwort

Jan 2013 - Willow Jelly Button & Birch Jelly Button
Dec 2012 - Dice Lichen
Nov 2012 - Feathered Thorn
Oct 2012 - Dryad's Saddle
Sep 2012 - Tawny Grisette
Aug 2012 - Forest Bug
Jul 2012 - Grayling
Jun 2012 - Greater and Lesser Butterfly Orchids
May 2012 - Small Copper
Apr 2012 - Green Tiger Beetle
Mar 2012 - March Moth
Feb 2012 - Barren Strawberry
Jan 2012 - Brambling
Dec 2011 - Red Squirrel
Nov 2011 - Hazel Gloves
Oct 2011 - Small Tortoiseshell
Sep 2011 - Fly Agaric
Aug 2011 - Grass of Parnassus
Jul 2011 - Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Jun 2011 - 7-spot Ladybird
May 2011 - Green Hairstreak
Apr 2011 - Townhall Clock

Mar 2011 - Frogspawn

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