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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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13 November, 2011

Antler Moth (Cerapteryx graminis)

Another one of those moth species that puts paid to the common notion that mpths fly by night, butterflies by day. The Antler moth is frequently seen by day, especially in the warm weather of August (sometimes!), visiting the flowers of thistles, ragwort and other members of the daisy family. It is also active at night as well and can be found by using a moth light trap and also by pasting sugary substances on tree trunks!

It likes open country and where it occurs it can be very common in mid-summer. The obsession with 'ragwort pulling' undoubtedly took its toll on this species but as we now seem to be becoming a bit more realxed about ragwort these days its numbers may well be recovering, time will tell.