Bright-line Brown-eye (Lacanobia oleracea)

Another moth on the wing at the moment is the Bright-line Brown-eye. Not exactly a catchy title but an apt one as you will see on the for wings there is a bright (white in fact) line running across near the outer edge which looks like an ECG print with a couple of blips on it! Further up towards the centre of the wing is a brown colour spot or eye. So Bright-line Brown-eye it is then.

Flying from May until July I will find the odd one frequently in the moth trap, never in any numbers. Here in Dorset there will be second brood later in the year around September time.

It is a widespread species and quite common and is happy to feed from almost any flowers. The larvae can be a pest if the hatch on cultivated tomatoes.

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