Species of the Month - November 2017
its name the December Moth is most often seen in November in our area.
Our earliest record is 20 Oct and our latest is 16 Dec. All our
sightings are to house lights or moth traps. It will often come to
a lit window at this time of year, and may even come inside if the
window is open.
December Moth is not likely to be confused with any other species.
It belongs to the Lasiocampidae, a family with just 12 British moth
species including the well-known Drinker, Fox Moth and Northern Eggar.
The male December
Moth has comb-like antennae to enable it to detect the female's
pheromones from a great distance.
is larger than the male, and has a broader abdomen, and antennae with
only a short spine on each segment.
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