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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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30 May, 2010

Muslin Moth (Diaphora mendica)

You could be forgiven for thinking that this was a White Ermine moth that had just come down a sooty chimney! It is a very closely related species of the family Arctiidae although of a different genus.

The Muslin Moth is a frequent visitor to my moth trap, whether it the same one who keeps being attracted by the light, or whether they are different I do not know and I am reluctant to mark it any way to find out as I am very reluctant to do any wildlife any harm.

Flying in May and early June it is generally common through the British Isles in gardens, downland and open woodland.

The larvae can be found on docks, chickweeds, plantains, dandelions and other plants, and as the named species are all very common it means the Muslin Moth thrives.