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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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06 May, 2010

Flame Shoulder (Ochropleura plecta)

The Flame Shoulder is one of our most common moths here in Dorset. Indeed, it widespread and common across much of the British Isles and is found as far north as Orkney and the Outer Hebrides.

It is only about 1/2" long and is very distinctive because of the metallic copper-coloured flashes along the outside edges of the fore wings.

There are two broods of flying adults each year, one is about now until June and then the second brood will be on the wing between August and September.

Particularly fond of Ragwort for its nectar source the larvae live on plantains, docks and groundsels. They over winter as a pupae.