If you would like to read my Dorset nature notes about any of these featured species or sites please click on the post title

About Me

My photo

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!

This website is for the people of Dorset interested in wildlife and for people from elsewhere interested in the wildlife of Dorset!

18 March, 2016

Pseudopanthera macularia: the speckled yellow moth

The speckled yellow moth (Pseudopanthera macularia) is a small, delicate moth that flies by day in woodland settings, usually along open footpaths and rides. It has a less purposeful flight movement than a butterfly which should make you stop and take a closer look but you may need to see it at rest to actually identify it.
Once settled the golden-yellow background with dark blotches is quite distinctive and can be no other species of moth or butterfly. The actual dark patterns vary between individuals but that should not confuse given that they are quite unique in appearance.
The adult moths fly in May and June and are often seen in association with wood sage which is frequently chosen as the food plant for its larvae. Where they occur they can be quite numerous.
Pseudopanthera macularia: the speckled yellow moth