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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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03 June, 2010

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.