Scotopteryx chenopodiata: the shaded broad-bar

The shaded broad-bar moth (Scotopteryx chenopodiata) is a species of grassy habitats, especially grassland with lots of flowers like ragwort and knapweed. It is widespread and common throughout the British Isles.
Being at rest in grass during the day it is easy to disturb them and that probably is the most likely way you will see one. They emerge at dusk and fly in the evening and are far from being purely nocturnal. The adults may like daisy flowers to feed on but the larvae are found on members of the pea family such as vetches and clovers. So, you need a good mix of flowers to find the shaded broad-bar.
Scotopteryx chenopodiata: the shaded broad-bar

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