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

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